A man in Florida was likely killed by a pack of dogs that bit him more than 100 times as he took a shortcut home, authorities said.
Melvin Olds Jr., 45, was found dead before noon Thursday in an animal attack in a wooded area near Lake Placid, according to a Highland County Sheriff’s news release. He was last seen alive a few hours earlier.
Authorities have captured six dogs in the area whose bite sizes match the wounds on Olds’ body. However, that alone doesn’t confirm the dogs are the killers. The dogs’ DNA will be compared with the DNA collected from Olds’ wounds.
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Sheriff Paul Blackman urged residents in the neighborhood to be wary of stray dogs.
“While we may have the dogs that were responsible for this horrible tragedy, we won’t know for sure for a while,” 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.”
This type of case is rare, Lt. Clay Kinslow told Tampa TV station WFLA.
“We do work bite cases,” Kinslow said. “As far as a pack of dogs that attacked somebody, we don’t have many of those cases, honestly.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog require medical attention. The CDC recommends staying still and calm if an unfamiliar dog approaches you.
Olds was a father of five and a grandfather. His mother, Cynthia Hill, told WFLA that Olds took a shortcut through a wooded path and never came home.
“I thought a dog was a man’s best friend,” Hill said. “He was a good person, a good man. Just so hurt, deeply because it’s so unexpected.”