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US couple killed in dog attack: report

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Last Updated: August 18, 2009, 14:31 IST

US couple killed in dog attack: report

Autopsy reports of the mutilated bodies suggest dog attack led injuries.

Atlanta: A former college professor and his wife were apparently attacked and killed by nearly a dozen dogs along a rural road where their bodies were found mutilated, authorities have said.

Preliminary autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed Sherry Schweder, 65, likely died of injuries suffered in a dog attack, Oglethorpe County Sheriff Mike Smith said.

Autopsy results for her husband, Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, were not yet available, but Smith said it's likely he was also attacked by dogs because the scene was so grisly.

Smith said officials were going to round up at least 11 dogs seen in the area in northeastern Georgia, where the couple's mutilated bodies were found on Saturday morning by five passers-by.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the mixed-breed dogs, which are to be captured by animal control officers, were wild or pets. There had been no recent complaints about vicious dogs in the area, Smith said.

The bodies were found along a dirt road near the couple's home in Lexington and had been there for at least 24 hours before they were found, said coroner James Mathews.

A family friend told the Athens Banner-Herald that Lothar Karl Schweder was a retired professor who had taught German.

Sherry Schweder was a bibliographer at the University of Georgia's library, where she had worked since 1974 selecting books and journals for the school's humanities collection, said university librarian William Potter.

first published:August 18, 2009, 14:31 IST
last updated:August 18, 2009, 14:31 IST
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