A British woman has died in Spain after being mauled by a pit bull that she took in.
The 67-year-old, who has not yet been named, had picked up the abandoned dog from a field near the city of Valencia on Spain’s southeastern coast.
She had been in possession of the dog for just a few days before it turned on her and mauled her to death at her house.
Authorities were called to the scene at around 2pm on Friday after screams were overheard during the attack.
The Civil Guard said: ‘So that the emergency services could help the woman, the regulatory firearm was used, killing the animal.
‘The agents of the Civil Guard and the medical services managed to stabilise her in order to proceed with her transfer to the nearest medical centre.’
She was admitted to hospital in critical condition, where she died as a result of her injuries.
The woman lived alone and had two daughters who also lived abroad, according to reports.
The mayor of Macastre, the small town where she lived, also noted that she loved animals.
Vicente M. Montó said: ‘She was an affable person, well-known in the town. She had been here since 2005.
‘The woman welcomed him, fed him and took care of him and he was in perfect condition with her, and we do not understand what could have caused the attack.’