CLAY COUNTY, Iowa (KCAU) — UPDATE: A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for the funeral costs of the victim of Monday’s dog attack.
The victim, Mindy Kiepe, had no life insurance according the GoFundMe, so the family is requesting help in covering funeral expenses.
The fundraising organizer, Jessica Bailey, described Kiepe as “a kind, caring, and loving person. She had the most beautiful smile. She would talk to anyone, and most definitely could make you laugh! She wasn’t afraid of anything, and was always up for a challenge.”
If you would like to make a donation to the family, click here.
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PREVIOUS: An Iowa woman has died due to multiple dog bite injuries on Monday, authorities said, after her body was found in a ditch.
According to a release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a 911 call around 1:50 p.m. on Monday from a person believing he had come across a motorcycle incident on 200th Avenue south of Rossie, Iowa.
The caller said he found a woman in the ditch but could not get close to her due to several big dogs being next to her. Deputies arrived and found the woman dead. The woman was identified as Mindy Kiepe, 43, of rural Rossie, Iowa.
Kiepe was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. The State Medical Examiner ruled on Wednesday that Kiepe’s death was due to multiple dog bite injures and not a motorcycle crash.
After further investigation it was determined that five Great Dane dogs owned by Kiepe had caused her death. With the assistance of a veterinarian, the five dogs where humanely euthanized. The incident occurred just a short distance from her farm residence driveway, the release added.
The Sioux Rapids Fire Department, Royal Fire and Rescue, Iowa State Patrol, Clay County Medical Examiner’s Office and the IA State Medical Examiners Office assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.