A “GENTLE and kind” grandma has been mauled to death by her two pet hunting dogs in New York.
Arlene Renna, 67, was found unconscious by her devastated ex-husband, John Taylor, who said the family’s “hearts are shattered”.
Police said yesterday that Arlene died after being mauled by one or both of her pet coonhounds, reports the New York Post.
John found her on their lounge room floor at about 4pm on Saturday – she succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
He said on Facebook: “My heart and my family’s hearts are shattered at the sudden, unexpected, and tragic death of my high school sweetheart, my first wife, the mother of our three children, the grandmother of our Ellie.
“Arlene Webb Taylor Renna died accidentally at home last night, on our daughter Jillian’s 31st birthday.
“It is nothing short of a nightmare. Arlene was the kindest, most gentle, giving and wonderful woman, there was no better mother, no better grandmother.”
The dogs have been taken by the Dutchess County SPCA and a judge will decide their fate, cops said.
Police told reporters that there was no evidence of foul play, and that her injuries were consistent with a dog attack.
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It’s not known what might have prompted the fatal mauling.
in his heartfelt tribute on Facebook, John said that after leaving college, Arlene worked as a nurse in coronary critical care.
She then became a full time mother and a founding board member and volunteer for The Center for Parents and Children, a non-profit parenting education service.
She later became a social worker helping families in crisis.
Arlene and John were married for 21 years before splitting and both remarrying, he said.
John added: “Everything she did she did for others. People like Arlene can never be replaced, they can only live in our hearts forever, and we should all learn by their example to be better people.”
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According to the American Kennel Club, coonhounds are “sweet-faced athletes beloved by sportsmen for their speed and endurance.”
They are “mellow off-duty but tenacious and stubborn in pursuit of their prey.”
A version of this story first appeared in the New York Post.