Pregnant woman killed by dogs while walking in French woods

A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a forest in northern France during a hunt with hounds, investigators said Tuesday.

Le corps d'une femme, victime d'une attaque de chiens, a été retrouvé samedi dans une forêt de l'Aisne, où elle était partie promener au moins l'un des siens et dans laquelle se tenait au même moment une chasse à courre (photo d'illustration)

The body of the 29-year-old woman was found Saturday in a forest outside the town of Villers-Cotterets, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) northeast of Paris, the prosecutor's office in nearby Soissons said.

An autopsy showed that she had died of "bleeding after several dog bites to the upper and lower limbs and the head," prosecutor Frederic Trinh said.

Some of the bites were "post mortem", he added.

Trinh said that tests had been carried out on 93 dogs, including some hounds from the hunt and five dogs belonging to the women herself, to try establish which ones attacked her.

Once identified, the family of the victim can seek a dog bite legal help and file a lawsuit against the owner of the dogs because their negligence resulted in the wrongful death of the woman.

The police have launched an investigation into manslaughter by dog attack.

According to local newspaper Le Courrier Picard, the dogs were hunting deer.

The woman had called her partner while walking her dog to report the presence of "threatening dogs", the prosecutor's office said.

It was he who later discovered her body.

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