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Woman fatally mauled by dogs in Fallbrook, medical examiner says

A 30-year-old woman found dead in the backyard of a home in Fallbrook died of injuries inflicted by one or more dogs, the San Diego County medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

The woman, whose name has not been released, died of "multiple penetrating, mauling and blunt force injuries," according to the medical examiner's statement, which called the death an accident and listed no contributing conditions.

The woman was taking care of the property while the owners were out of town, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Her body was found Sunday by a cousin.

Several large dogs, identified by neighbors as a breed of bulldogs, were on the property, Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Jenkins said.

Eight dogs were impounded Sunday by the county Department of Animal Services and taken to a shelter, pending a decision on the cause of death and whether the dogs are determined to be so dangerous that they should be euthanized.

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