A Texan man who was completely eaten by his own pack of dogs in his caravan had captured more than a dozen stray animals and cared for them as if they were his children, his sister says.
Freddie Mack, 57, had been missing for more than three months when officials finally revealed that DNA testing showed him bone fragments, items of clothing and hair found on dog droppings on the Venus estate.
Melinda Dixon said her brother took good care of the stray dogs that would appear on the two and a half-hectare site where he lived alone.
& # 39; He called them his baby & # 39; s, & # 39; Dixon told the Fort Worth Star Telegram van Mack & # 39; s 18 mixed dog dogs.
& # 39; He had a golden heart and could not resist seeing a dog suffer. & # 39;
Freddie Mack, 57 years old, was completely devoured by his own pack of 18 dogs in his mobile home in Venus, Texas, sometime this spring. His sister says that the fervent animal lover (photo) had taken care of more than a dozen stray animals and cared for them as if they were his children
The two and a half hectare house in Venus, where Mack has cared for more than a dozen dogs, is depicted. He was missing for more than three months before DNA tests confirmed that bone fragments, items of clothing, and hair found in the faeces of dogs on the property belonged to him
Mack has not been seen or heard since April 9 when Johnson County Sheriff delegates were sent home to do a wellness check on May 6.
Agents said they were unable to search the entire property due to the 18 aggressive dogs that lived there. They flew over the terrain with a drone, but found no signs of Mack.
Dixon said the dogs were probably aggressive towards strangers but never hostile with Mack, who spent $ 300 a month on dog food.
& # 39; They were of course protectors & # 39 ;, she said.
Mack & # 39; s sister Melinda Dixon said he cared about his dogs as if they were his babies. & # 39; He had a golden heart and couldn't resist seeing a dog suffer & # 39 ;, she said
As the investigation continued, Michael Sergeant noted how unusual it was for Mack to leave his dogs unattended.
& # 39; His dogs were always by his side, & # 39; said Sergeant.
Officers returned days later and found a bone fragment at the property, which was enough to have the dogs removed so that a thorough investigation could be conducted.
Johnson County Sheriff Adam King revealed the horrific conclusion of forensic investigators that Mack had been eaten on Wednesday.
He said it is impossible to determine whether the dogs killed Mack or whether he died from another cause.
& # 39; Our investigation revealed that Freddie was suffering from serious medical conditions, so we will never know if the dogs killed or consumed Mr. Mack after he died of a medical condition, & # 39; Sheriff King said.
& # 39; Anyway, it is a very horrible event and we express our sympathy for the family of Freddy Mack. & # 39;
It took a month for family members to contact authorities about Mack because he had always kept himself, but only contacted family members a few times a month when he needed a ride to the grocery store.
He had suffered a traumatic brain injury that prevented him from driving two years ago when a beam hit his head while working at Texas Aircraft Milling.
Dixon remembers her brother as an avid animal friend, who also had a son.
& # 39; Freddie was a kind-hearted man, & # 39; she said. & # 39; It's going to be a big loss. & # 39;
Mack has not been seen or heard since April 9 when Johnson County Sheriff delegates were sent home to do a wellness check on May 6. According to agents, they were unable to search the entire property due to the 18 aggressive dogs that lived there
Of the 18 dogs found on the property, 13 were killed due to their aggression and two others were killed by other dogs.
Three of the dogs described by Sheriff King as & # 39; friendly & # 39; still live. It is unclear where they are being held.
Researchers have mentioned the matter troubling in view of the fact that there are few remnants left, but animals that eat their owners are not as unusual as they might think.
In February this year, a South Carolina woman was shot dead by her two boxer mixes, who then went to eat her & # 39; alive, according to a witness who called 911.
In 2017, National Geographic published an article describing dozens of cases in which pets had eaten their deceased owners from medical magazines for the past 20 years.
A 2015 study by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences looked at 63 fallen dogs that destroyed dead bodies and concluded that the animals usually first go for the nose and mouth and then focus the arms and hands to a lesser extent.
There have been very few cases in which an animal has completely eaten a person, as it appears to have been the case with Mack.
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