No charges filed in dog attack that killed a Carter County woman

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - No criminal charges will be filed in the dog attack that killed a Carter County woman two months ago.

The medical examiners report states Tracy Garcia died from her injuries after she was attacked by pack of 7 dogs, all under 40lbs, in her sister's yard about two months ago.

The report also shows Garcia had a blood alcohol level that was over twice the legal limit to drive.

The medical examiner ruled her death an accident.

"When it becomes criminal is if you have a dangerous dog, one that's bitten someone before and causes severe injury and the owner is not keeping that dog in a proper enclosure and they attacked someone else and caused their death," Ladd said.

Ladd says there is no evidence that proves the dogs attacked anyone before and even though the victim's sister would feed the dogs from time to time they were considered to be strays.

One of the dogs was shot in the head by deputies on scene after it charged at them, the rest were put down.

"We don't really know what caused the initial attack, we can only speculate as to that," Ladd said. "There's no eye witnesses to my knowledge."

The animal shelter believes 6 of those dogs were standard Dachshunds mixed with Terrier, the 7th they believe was a Border Collie mix.

While the alleged breed of the dogs sparked national attention, Ladd says the law only specifies against those that are deemed dangerous based on it's characteristics not breeds.

Since there is no evidence that shows these dogs had attacked anyone before, Ladd says they would not be deemed dangerous under the law.

"I think it's a really tragic and unfortunate incident, just a horrific ending to this woman's life and certainly our thoughts are with the family," Ladd said.

The 52-year-old moved to Ardmore after her husband passed away in 2006.

Garcia worked in housekeeping and left behind two kids.

We reached out to Garcia's family and veterinarians in the area but none wanted to be interviewed.



 
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