POSTED: 12:55 pm EDT July 18, 2006
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A Westmoreland County woman has been killed by her pet hybrid wolves that she kept in a pen in her back yard.
The county coroner said 50-year-old Sandra Piovesan, of Salem Township, Ore., was alive when she was attacked and she bled to death.
The death was ruled an accident.
Piovesan was found mauled Wednesday morning inside the pen. The canines were part wolf and part dog.
State police and county humane agents euthanized all nine animals after consulting with Piovesan's family.
Officials said most of the animals weighed 70 to 100 pounds and some were 7 to 8 years old. None of the animals was neutered or spayed.
Humane agents said they had warned Piovesan about the animals.