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Questions linger in case of woman, 91, found with dog bite marks who later died

When paramedics found 91-year-old Carmen Reigada in her home Tuesday afternoon, she was barely alive with bite marks around her head and face area.

She later died at the hospital. Now, Miami-Dade police, county animal services inspectors and the county’s medical examiner are trying to determine whether the three dogs that lived in the home — an American Bulldog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Labrador retriever — had anything to do with Reigada’s death.

A day after her death, several questions remain unanswered, at least publicly: Who called paramedics from inside the home? Did more than one dog bite Reigada? Was she mauled? And did she pass out or suffer some type of accident before she was bitten?

“She could have passed out,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective and spokeswoman Jennifer Capote. “We know she didn’t die at the house.”

This is known: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was called just before 4 p.m. Tuesday by someone inside the home at 9415 SW 18th Terr. When they got there, Reigada was on the ground with bite marks and was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she died.

Paramedics, after finding Reigada, requested the presence of Miami-Dade police. The dogs were removed from the home by Miami-Dade Animal Services. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner had not said how Reigada died.

Police believe that the woman lived in the home with someone else, but as of Wednesday, didn’t say who else was living there. And they also didn’t say whether the dogs were malnourished, or determine who actually owns them.

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