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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The nephew of a South Carolina woman killed by two dogs says his aunt was working in her garden as she did every day when she was attacked.

Nijoku Odom says 66-year-old Sirlinda Hayes and the rest of his family weren't afraid of the rottweilers, who sometimes got loose in their Dillon neighborhood.

Odom says he has no idea why the dogs attacked his aunt. He says they had gotten loose before but didn't cause any problems.

Sheriff's Capt. Cliff Arnette says when the dogs' owner tried to save Hayes at least one of the dogs attacked him. Officers then shot and killed the dogs because they threatened responders trying to help the injured people.

The owner was taken to a hospital for treatment. Arnette did not know the extent of his injuries.

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