A Gridley woman was apparently killed today by her pit bull terriers when she tried to break up their fight, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a home on Dewsnup Lane at 3:30 p.m. to check on the welfare of a woman who had not reported to work.

Deputies entered the home and found her dead.

Animal Control officers also arrived at the home to control the large dogs.

Sheriff's detectives were summoned. They "determined that the dogs had been fighting, and the woman had tried to break them up. The woman sustained grave injuries as a result of her intervention and died as a result," the Sheriff's Office said.

Relatives confirmed the dogs were her pets.

The woman's name was not released pending notification of next of kin.

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