KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) —  Loudon County Sheriff’s Office believes a woman was killed by her own pet.

Officers and detectives began investigating Wednesday evening after they learned about a Tellico Village woman who was attacked and killed by a dog. According to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the officers who responded saw a large black dog standing over a body.

Officers couldn’t immediately approach the victim due to the possibility of being attacked by the dog. A deputy was forced to shoot and kill the animal.

The attack victim was later identified as a Tellico Village Resident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not yet been released.

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Her body will be taken to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center for an autopsy and the dog will be taken to UT Veterinarian College for a necropsy according to the post.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the woman will be released later.