WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Florida dad passed away after a pack of stray dogs attacked him and left him with over 100 bites all over his body.
- Though still waiting for a final determination as to the cause of death, Melvin Olds Jr., 45, had no other wounds other than that of dog bites.
- Olds’ body was discovered in a wooded area behind a home in Lake Placid, where he was last seen alive. An on-scene investigation found his cause of death to be an animal attack.
A man in Florida died Thursday after he was viciously attacked by a pack of stray dogs who bit the 45-year-old more than 100 times.
According to Florida’s Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the final determination of the cause of death of Melvin Olds Jr. will be given after toxicology reports. The sheriff’s office confirmed that there were no wounds found on his body other than that of dog bites.
The father of five was found behind a home in Lake Placid, a wooded area, authorities said. That’s where he was last seen alive hours before the discovery of his body.
Olds’ cause of death is due to an animal attack, an on-scene investigation found. Friday’s autopsy confirmed he’d been bitten by canines.
The Animal Services units have captured six dogs in the area in the days that follow. The dogs’ bite-size match Olds’ wounds. They are now undergoing DNA testing to determine whether they were the ones who attacked Olds.
“While we may have the dogs that were responsible for this horrible tragedy, we won’t know for sure for a while,” Sheriff Paul Blackman said. “I want to encourage residents of Highway Park and the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any loose dogs, especially those that seem aggressive. We don’t want anyone else to be injured.”
Officers have set traps in the area to capture the dogs responsible.
NBC affiliate WFLA reported that Olds was taking a shortcut through a wooded path when he was attacked by the pack.
“I thought a dog was a man’s best friend,” his mother Cynthia Hill told the station. “He was a good person, a good man. Just so hurt, deeply, because it’s so unexpected.”
His fiancée Jannell Ward said she had previously seen a pack of stray dogs sneaking around the neighborhood, but saw no red flags that could predict a violent streak.
“They growled a couple times but they never ran up to me. They never came at me or insinuated that they were going to bite me. I never got that feeling,” Ward said.
Hill launched a GoFundMe campaign, which has already raised $300, to cover funeral expenses for her son, whom she called JJ.