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Retired professor and wife killed by dogs

A former University of Georgia professor and his wife found dead along the highway Saturday morning were apparently killed by a pack of dogs, according to the state medical examiner.

Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, who had taught German at the university, and his wife, Sherry Schweder, 65, who worked at the university’s main library, were found on a road where they often walked their own dogs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The couple were found by visiting Jehovah’s Witness members.

After an autopsy Monday morning, Oglethorpe County Coroner James Mathews told the University of Georgia student newspaper, The Red & Black, that a dog attack was to blame.

“It was the results of a brutal dog attack,” Mathews said. “Without being graphic there were bites from head to toe… There are a lot of weird circumstances with this one. I’ve been coroner for 28 years, and this is one of the weirdest cases I’ve investigated.”

The state Bureau of Investigation responded to a call about the bodies around 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Oglethorpe County animal control officials were out Monday looking for the dogs in the area, along Highway 77, near Highway 78.


Comment from Nina
Time August 18, 2009 at 9:29 am

I graduated from the University of Georgia, located in Athens, in May. It’s also where I adopted my own dog (a black lab mutt). It’s hard to say how this is going to turn out, but I hope it sheds some light on the situation of overpopulation due to irresponsible breeders in the area. I volunteered at the local animal shelter and they were almost always filled to capacity from owner surrenders or litters of mutt puppies.

Comment from Dog Lover
Time August 31, 2009 at 11:10 am

This is awful – the breeders are to blame. Dogs are like humans it can all go wrong if they are mistreated and left to roam.