A 41-year-old woman was breaking ice in her front yard near Belen when she was mauled to death by one of her pit bulls around 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard.
The woman’s son arrived to her Jarales home to find the pit bull on top of the woman, and he fatally shot the dog, according to Burkhard.
The woman had around 12 dogs, and Burkhard said it doesn’t appear that any of them were abused.
The Office of the Medical Examiner is on scene, and animal control will be dealing with the other animals.
-The Valencia County News-Bulletin contributed to this report.