HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE (AP) — Authorities say a Hot Springs Village woman was killed when she was attacked by a dog while taking an early morning walk.

Police say 75-year-old Joan Kappen was walking in her neighborhood Thursday morning when she was attacked by a bull mastiff. Hot Springs Village Police Chief Gary Adams says the owner of the dog wasn't home at the time, but her mother had let the animal out of the house.

Adams says the mother heard screams and tried to pull the dog from Kappen. She was unable to do so and went inside to call for help.

Kappen was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital Hot Springs. Adams said that the dog was picked up by animal control and later euthanized.