Arlene Renna Pleasant Valley, NY woman mauled to death by one or both her pet dogs at home. No evidence of foul play as fate of Coondogs yet to be decided.
Arlene Renna, 67, was found unconscious on her living room floor by her husband around 4 p.m. Saturday, when he got back to their house in Pleasant Valley, state cops said.
Renna succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Police said the wounds were consistent with a dog attack.
Both of the coonhounds were taken by the Dutchess County SPCA and a judge will decide what happens to them, cops said.
It’s unclear how long the couple owned the hunting dogs, who were described as being generally ‘sweet, mellow, sociable,’ according to the American Kennel Club.
Details about what may have prompted the attack weren’t immediately available, but police said they found no evidence of foul play the Poughkeepsiejournal reported.
In a Facebook post, Renna’s ex-husband John Taylor announced that his high school sweetheart had died ‘accidentally at home’ on their daughter Jillian’s 31st birthday.
‘It is nothing short of a nightmare,’ Taylor posted. ‘Arlene was the kindest, most gentle, giving and wonderful woman, there was no better mother, no better grandmother.’
Renna had a long career in public service that included working as a nurse and with the nonprofit parenting education service The Center for Parents and Children, before becoming a social worker according to the nypost.
She and Taylor were married for 21 years and had three children before splitting and both remarrying, the former husband said.
‘Everything she did she did for others,’ wrote Taylor. ‘People like Arlene can never be replaced, they can only live in our hearts forever, and we should all learn by their example to be better people, to try to be more like them.’