UPDATE: A woman killed following a dog attack has been identified as Joan Cafflel, 88, of Las Vegas, her cause of death has yet to be determined pending the coroner’s report.


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police and animal control responded to reports of a dog attack near the central valley on Tuesday morning.

According to police, an elderly woman was attacked by a dog on Pennwood Avenue near Desert Inn Road and Valley View Boulevard just before 9:45 a.m.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dog was found at a nearby residence by officers, who turned it over to animal control.

The City of Las Vegas told 8 News Now the dog is a terrier breed and is being held at the Animal Foundation as the investigation continues.

8 News Now has also learned that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Spring Valley area command patrol detectives are leading the investigation.

No other details about the attack were released, and it remains under investigation.

This is a developing story.