Missing man was eaten by his own dogs, Report

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.

Dog Bite Statistics

  • Dogs that bite the most:
    • Chihuahua
    • Bulldog
    • Pit Bull
    • German Shepherd
    • Australian Shepherd
    • Lhasa Apso
    • Jack Russell Terrier
    • Cocker Spaniel
    • Bull Terrier
    • Pekingese
    • Papillion
  • 81% of dog bites cause no injury at all or only minor injuries that do not require medial attention
  • You have a 1 in 112,400 chance of dying from a dog bite or strike
    • You are at more risk of dying from:
      • Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 66,335
      • Contact with hornets, wasps and bees: 1 in 63,225
      • Air and space transport incidents: 1 in 9,821
      • Firearm discharge: 1 in 6,905
      • Choking from inhalation and ingestion of food: 1 in 3,461
      • Heart disease and cancer: 1 in 7
  • Most dog bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered
  • Fatal Dog Attacks states that 25% of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs of many different breeds
  • The insurance industry paid more than $530 million in dog bite related claims in 2014
  • 6,244 U.S. Postal Service employees suffered from dog bites in 2017
  • Over 30 breeds and dog-types were associated with dog bite-related fatalities
Laura F. Nixon has been a journalist for newspapers, radio and online for a decade. She began her media career as an intern in the HeartFM newsroom while completing her journalism degree and later going on to report for several UK newspapers. Before joining thebritishjournal.com Laura F. Nixon was a senior reporter at the Daily News where she covered crime, politics, indigenous affairs, travel, entertainment (and UFO story!).

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