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Georgia police say mother found dead in backyard after children attacked by dogs

A Georgia woman was found dead after her children were injured in a dog attack, according to authorities and local news outlets.

Courtney Williams, 35, was found May 9 after police were called about a dog attack on several children in Quitman, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a May 10 news release.

The agency is investigating at the request of the Brooks County Sheriff's Office.

According to WALB and WDRW, Williams is the mother of the two children who were attacked.

Officers arrived around 4:45 p.m. and found “several aggressive dogs on the property,” according to the GBI. It is unclear who owns the animals.

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The injured children have already been taken to a hospital, authorities said. Officers found Williams' body in the yard of the home.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of death, investigators said.

The GBI did not release further details but said the investigation is ongoing.

Quitman is located approximately 50 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, near the Georgia-Florida line.

What you should know about dog attacks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year, and nearly 800,000 of those people require medical attention.

Any dog ​​can bite when it is scared or nervous or when it wants to be alone. You should never approach a dog that appears angry or scared, the CDC said.

If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, officials say here's what you should do:

  • Stay calm and be still.

  • Avoid eye contact with the dog.

  • Don't panic and don't make loud noises. Don't run.

  • Say “no” or “go home” in a deep voice. Stand with your body side facing the dog.

  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck and slowly pull them back.

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