A Franklin County woman was arrested for manslaughter after deputies said her dogs killed an Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) employee on Friday.

Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said they suspect that the ADPH employee, Jacqueline Summer Beard, went to the residence to contact the owner of a pack of dogs who attacked a woman earlier that week. It is believed that Beard was mauled by the same pack of dogs.

After receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle on Crumpton Road, deputies arrived on the scene and were met by the residents.

According to deputies, dogs began attacking the residents while the deputies were on the scene, and some of the animals were “euthanized immediately.”

Investigators arrested Brandy Dowdy, the owner of the dogs, for manslaughter and violation of the Dangerous Dog Law, also known as Emily’s Law.

Dowdy is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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