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Dog-owner, 40, stabbed to death along with her pet while out for walk in Atlanta park as cops hunt killer

A DOG-owner was stabbed to death along with her pet during a late-night walk at an Atlanta park in the early hours of Wednesday - and a manhunt is underway for their killer.

Authorities found Katherine Janness, 40, lying down in Piedmont Park at 1am, with her dog, also dead, next to her.

Janness was stabbed multiple times in the park, Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton said.

He described the scene as "gruesome," saying Janness had just finished dinner with her wife and was going to walk her dog.

Janess' wife said when she didn't come home, she pinged her phone that led her to the park.

Police released a photo of the woman near Atlanta's midtown neighborhood, but did not release any information about possible suspects.

Hampton said detectives are looking to retrace the victim's steps throughout the day.

The news of Janess' death has shocked locals.

“I see people walking around happy, laughing. I don’t expect to be hearing somebody is dead here," one woman told WSBTV.

People have left flowers, dog treats and more near the park entrace where Janness' body was found.

Investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to her killer's capture.

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