COLUSA, Calif. (CBS13) — Authorities are investigating whether the death of a woman was caused by her family dog.
Linda Leal’s body was found behind a fence in her own backyard Tuesday morning with damage consistent with a dog attack, authorities said.
Colusa investigators said Linda was bleeding from her head and neck, but it isn’t immediately clear whether the family’s pit bull mix dog, named Toby, bit her before or after she died.
Linda’s husband Enrique said the dog had never shown aggression before and was always friendly to her. He also said Linda had health problems and was taking medication for liver cancer.
An autopsy will be performed to identify the exact cause of death, officials said. Investigators euthanized the dog with the family’s permission.