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The Sun and the Daily Mail each apparently unpublished articles claiming that a woman named Cassandra Smith was killed by her pet Alsatian dog when she was trying to defend her children, Tabloid Watch reported.

The Sun published its article online Feb. 8 and in Feb. 9’s print edition.  Tabloid Watch wrote that “the MailOnline version went up this morning, suggesting it was ‘borrowed’ from the Sun.”

Since those two articles were published, the UK police called the story of the woman’s “death by dog” “unfounded,” according to Tabloid Watch.

Links for the two articles now re-direct to error pages.  According to Tabloid Watch, a “post mortem” on the woman found that “she died from natural causes as a result of a pre-existing medical condition.” The dog reportedly attacked her following her death.

A search of the Sun’s website doesn’t produce any correction or update about the now-removed story.  The newspaper has published a Feb. 9 story that reports that the dog was “destroyed” and that the police found Smith died of “natural causes.”

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