Mom of five from North Carolina, 46, was mauled to death in a brutal attack at her own home by a pair of pit bulls she was dog-sitting.
Trena Peed, who recently lost two sons in car crashes two years apart, was letting her dogs out early on Thursday at 2 am when they dragged her out with them into the backyard.
The neighbors reported hearing screams that same night.
‘It’s dark. I hear her yelling and her dogs over there attacking her,’ one neighbor said.
Peed’s son was inside the home at the time of the attack and awoke to find that his mother was dead.
Police who responded to the calls found the woman dead at her Greensboro home.
‘Early this morning, my mom was tragically taken away from us by a vicious attack from dogs,’ said the woman’s daughter, Waynesha Peed, adding: ‘My siblings, grandmother, family, & I are heartbroken at her sudden passing.’
Officers shot one of the dogs at the scene, reports said, while the other is now in the possession of animal control and in quarantine.
It was not clear who the owner of the animals was following the incident, and the police have not yet filed any charges.
‘Whoever the owner is, they need to come forward because they say they love my daughter. This is not showing love for her right now,’ mother Helen Harris told WFMY.
Harris had told her to stop looking after the two pit bulls only days earlier, she said.
‘It’s terrible. She got mauled to death. That’s terrible,’ said Peed’s neighbor. ‘We were real good friends. Her and my wife talked together a lot. We were just friends. It’s terrible, even if I didn’t know her at all, I don’t care who it was.’
The family is appealing for donations to help bring the woman home to bury her in Virginia, setting up a GoFundMe Page.