A woman was mauled to death by two of her dogs in her South Carolina front yard.
Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke, 52, was reportedly playing with the animals in Greenville when the boxer mixes suddenly turned aggressive and attacked her, according to authorities.
Neighbors ran to her rescue after hearing Burgess-Dismuke yelling but couldn't get the dogs off her.
“I did everything I could,” Denzel Whiteside, a neighbor, told WHNS.
Whiteside grabbed an ax to fend the dogs off, and Burgess-Dismuke was able to run away and get over a fence in the yard, according to local reports.
She had already been severely injured, however.
First responders tried to stop her bleeding with a tourniquet and rushed her to a nearby hospital, The Washington Post reported. She died hours later.
“We’re praying for the family. Hopefully, they’ll get through this and we’ll be there to support them the entire way,” Whiteside added.
Experts say there are tips you can use if you’re ever attacked by a dog: Avoid eye contact with the animal, don't kick or wave your arms, and try to keep calm.
They also recommend balling your fists to protect your fingers and putting your arm into your shirt so the animal can only bite at your sleeve.