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Elderly woman killed in possible dog attack

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating after an elderly woman, who they said was mauled by dogs, was found dead inside her home.

According to Miami-Dade Police, 91-year-old Carmen Reigada was attacked in her home in the 9400 block of Southwest 18th Terrace, at around 4 p.m., Tuesday. Authorities found her unresponsive and transported her to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. "The information that we were provided with by fire rescue was that this female was unresponsive due to a dog bite," said Miami-Dade Police detective Jennifer Capote. "We are unaware at this time which of the dogs actually bit her, but we are being told there were three dogs in the residence."

Miami-Dade Animal Services took a total of three dogs into custody. The dogs were identified as an American Bulldog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Labrador Mix. Each were reportedly living in the home, shared by Reigada, her son and other family members. "We're being told that they were the family dogs, so there's also the possibility that these were her dogs. Who knows what could've been happening in the house with the dogs?" said Capote. "You know, fed, not fed. We don't know any of that information. That's all gonna come up as a result of the investigation."

Neighbors said the dogs did belong to Reigada's grandson. "Have been living here for more than 20 years and these people have been great neighbors and great persons. An excellent and great heart," said Horacio Bulido, a neighbor.

One local said everyone in the neighborhood is saddened by what happened. "Very sweet lady. What can I tell you, this is something very bad. We're very sorry. All the neighbors are very sorry about it. The dogs, you know, know the lady, so I really don't know why that happened."

It is unclear which of the dogs is suspected of attacking Reigada, but Animal Services did confirm that all three were currently in their custody.

A relative was seen leaving the residence, Wednesday morning, but chose not speak to the media. However, neighbors did speak to the media, saying Reigada was a wonderful woman. "Very good person, and I have a great relationship with them," said one resident.

The investigation remains ongoing. Family members have avoided reporters seeking comments.

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