Redvale woman killed by dogs

By Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ

Police at the scene where a woman's body was found at a house on Rodeo Drive, Redvale, Friday. 29 March 2013 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Dean Purcell. NZH 30Mar13 - Police at the lifestyle bl
Police at the scene where a woman's body was found at a house on Rodeo Drive, Redvale, Friday. 29 March 2013 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Dean Purcell. NZH 30Mar13 - Police at the lifestyle bl

The woman whose body was found on an Auckland property yesterday suffered "horrific injuries'' when she was set upon by two large rottweilers, police say.

Chloe Jane Mathewson, 31, of Rosedale, was visiting the Redvale property on Rodeo Drive yesterday morning when she was attacked.

Police investigating the circumstances of her death did not believe any other person was physically involved in it.

Detective Inspector Greg Cramer says police had evidence that showed she was attacked by two of the three large dogs that belonged to the owner of the property.

"A post-mortem examination carried out this morning confirmed that Chloe suffered horrific injuries inflicted by the dogs.

"While it's up to the Coroner to rule on the cause of her death, we're satisfied she was not injured by any other person.''

The three dogs were destroyed yesterday after being removed by Animal Control staff.

The 52-year-old man dog owner was helping police with their investigation, Mr Cramer said.

It was too early to say what the final outcome of the investigation would be and whether any charges would be laid, he said.

A neighbour, Mark McCarthy, said the property was a five- to six-acre lifestyle block.

He said recently, police were called to the property after the dogs allegedly attacked cattle in the area.

- APNZ

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