BERLIN (AFP) - A German woman who lived with 13 dogs shot dead 10 of her pets and then killed herself on Tuesday when authorities came to take away the animals, police said.
Three police officers and four local officials knocked on the door of the 49-year-old's house in the small town of Friesen, eastern Germany, to reclaim her pets after authorities had decided she was maltreating them.
She slammed the door in their faces and soon afterwards shots were heard.
The police forced their way into the house and, upon discovering three dead dogs on the ground floor, sealed the premises and the surrounding area.
The officers called a special commando team for back-up and this unit found the dog owner shot dead along with seven further Australian Shepherds.
"Apparently the woman had shot dead the dogs and then turned the revolver on herself," the police said in a statement.
Three dogs escaped the bloodbath and were being treated by specialists.