The body of a well-known doctor was found in a Lyons, Georgia, ditch early Thursday, say local officials, who believe the woman was mauled to death by a pack of dogs.
At about 3 a.m., police officers discovered a car on the wrong side of the road with the engine running and the door open, local TV station WTOC11 reported.
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“Got out of the patrol car to investigate and found a female that was deceased in the ditch,” Lyons Police Chief Wesley Walker told the station.
They identified the woman as Dr. Nancy Shaw, a long-time internist at Meadows Regional Medical Center, who’d often visit the police department to check on the officers, the station reported.
“She was that kind of person,” Walker told the station. “She was a caring person. She was a friend of ours. When I realized who it was, it was devastating.”
The station reported Shaw loved pets, and that the dogs they believe killed her did not belong to her.
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The day after she was found, police identified and seized the dogs allegedly involved in the incident, according to a press release issued by the city of Lyons.
“The incident is still under investigation,” the release stated. “At this time, charges have not been brought on the owner of the dogs.”
The Lyons Animal Control Division reminded its citizens to abide by the city’s leash law and encouraged everyone to keep their pets under the level of control required by law.