Police discover that missing man was eaten by his dogs, it was reported on July 10.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said 57-year-old Freddie Mack was seen last on April 9, and deputies weren’t able to get close to his property in May due to his 18 aggressive dogs, Fox4 reported.
Sheriff’s deputies were able to distract the dogs for a period of time but were not able to find any sign of Mack inside his trailer.
Later in May, deputies used a drone to search the property but couldn’t find him, the Fox affiliate reported.
On May 15, a detective saw a small bone fragment while conducting a search. Days later, they found more bone fragments inside his trailer and shed on his property.
“During the course of our investigation, it was found that Freddie suffered from serious medical conditions. So we will never know if the dogs killed Mr. Mack or consumed him after he died from a medical condition. Either way, it is a very gruesome event and we extend our sympathy to Freddy Mack’s family,” Sheriff Adam King told the Fox affiliate.
The sheriff’s office, however, described the dogs as aggressive, saying two dogs were killed by other dogs before they were seized. Thirteen of the 16 remaining dogs were euthanized.
Family members said that he was reclusive and never left his dogs unattended.
Investigators also found out that Mack “was known to wear a single set of clothing and did not own any other sets,” reported CBS Dallas.
On July 9, the CBS affiliate reported, pieces of bone found on his property were confirmed to be Mack’s remains after the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted a DNA match.
Of one of the bones, “There was something about it that stood out to” the detective, Deputy Aaron Pitts told NBC News.
“I am a dog lover and have three of my own. When we’re starving, we make decisions we normally wouldn’t make,” Pitts added to the broadcaster. “Animals do what animals need to do, which is to survive. I still certainly consider dogs to be our best friends.”
Deputies gave food and water to the dogs after Mack was reported missing, officials told the Fox affiliate.
Other details about the case were not revealed.
Dog Bite Statistics (How Likely Are You To Get Bit?)
According to a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 325.7 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 69 people.
These are scary statistics. But scary becomes a lot less so when you’re armed with the right information. From the top breeds to be wary of, to accounting for your own behavior around animals, to why dogs actually bite in the first place, we’re giving you an arsenal of information in this article so you can bite back in the dog bite debate.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Before we start profiling dogs or analyzing your behavior around them, let’s talk about the question everyone should first be asking: why does a dog bite?
Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation.
They may be scared or threatened.
To protect themselves, their puppies or their owners.
They’re not feeling well or if they’re startled.
They may nip or bite during play (which is why rough play should be avoided to ensure you don’t overly excite your animal).
Keep these triggers in mind anytime you’re around a canine. Your awareness of their mental state will help you recognize a potential bite situation more quickly.