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Woman may have been killed by pit bulls

Aug. 31, 2011 at 1:35 AM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A woman found dead in her home Tuesday in Philadelphia may have been killed by the five pit bulls she and her husband owned, police said.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said an autopsy would be done to determine the cause of death, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He said the 50-year-old woman was evidently killed by "severe head and face injuries," but it was not immediately obvious whether they were caused by the dogs or a human agent.

The husband, who reported finding his wife's body on the living room floor when he returned home at about 6:30 p.m., was taken in for questioning.

Several neighbors said the dogs had a reputation for viciousness. Gus Castro, 25, who lives across the street, said he was bitten Friday when the five dogs got out.

The dogs have been removed from the house.

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