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Western Wis. woman seriously mauled by 4 dogs

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TILDEN, Wis. (AP) -- A woman was mauled by four dogs as she was walking down the street in the western Wisconsin town of Tilden.

The Chippewa County sheriff's department says 68-year-old Kathleen Benish was attacked Friday afternoon. Deputies say the dogs dragged her into a ditch and tore most of her clothing before the owner of the dogs was able to control them.

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Benish underwent surgery at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. The hospital wouldn't give her condition Sunday, but the Leader-Telegram reports she was in critical condition late Saturday with wounds over her entire body.

Dog owner Matthew Mikula told WEAU-TV that Benish walks past his house several times a day, and nothing like this had ever happened before.

Deputies say the dogs, weighing between 60 and 80 pounds, are under quarantine at a local veterinarian.

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