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Vigil For Dallas Dog Mauling Victim After City Manager Announces Retirement

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DALLAS (CBS11) - Dozens gathered on Monday night to remember the Dallas woman who was attacked and killed by a pack of loose dogs.

Family and friends of Antoinette Brown raised candles and wrote messages as music played in the background along the Continental Avenue Bridge.

The vigil happened just hours after Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez announced he was retiring at the beginning of 2017.

Several in the community have grown critical of Dallas Animal Services, a department Gonzalez oversees.

Brown's daughter, Matisha Ward, would not specifically comment on the retirement citing a pending lawsuit. She did say whoever takes over the position needs to make the loose dog problem a priority before others get hurt.

"It could have been somebody's baby, it could have been somebody's grandmother. Unfortunately it was my mom, so I mean they really need to fix the system," said Ward.

When asked, Gonzalez said Brown's death is tragic and he will work using his remaining time as city manager to make changes.

He said the criticism of the loose dog problem was not the reason for retiring.

"There is always issues confronting the city," said Gonzalez. "This particular situation that I have is not by any stretch a reason to be making this decision."

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