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Missing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments Behind

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 11 Jul 2019 12:22
Missing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindMissing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindJohnson County Sheriff

A man who went missing in Texas had been eaten by his pack of dogs, according to officials.

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Freddie Mack, who had not been since April, was devoured by his 18 mixed-breed dogs, leaving nothing but bone fragments of between two and five inches behind.

Medical examiners discovered the 57-year-old after DNA tests confirmed pieces of bone recovered from the dogs’ faeces belonged to Mr Mack.

Missing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindMissing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindJohnson County Sheriff

As reported by Sky News, deputy Aaron Pitts from Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said:

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Never have we ever, or anyone we’ve spoken to, heard of an entire human being consumed.

The bones were completely broken up and eaten.

It’s reported Mr Mack, who was said to be a bit of a recluse, already had serious health problems so it’s unclear whether the dogs had killed their owner or whether he died from his illness before being eaten.

Missing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindMissing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindJohnson County Sheriff

Sheriff King Adam said:

Either way, it is a very gruesome event and we extend our sympathy to Freddie Mack’s family.

Mr Mack hadn’t been seen since mid-April, and a family member later reported him as missing to the authorities in May.

Officials found it difficult to search the man’s home because of the sheer number of aggressive dogs, however when they eventually managed to distract the pack and get into the house, there was no sign of the 57-year-old.

Missing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindMissing Man Was Eaten By His Own Dogs, Leaving Only Bone Fragments BehindJohnson County Sher
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Police searched for days on end before investigators returned to comb the property and made a shocking discovery – the animal faeces contained bits of human hair, clothing and bone.

Larger bone fragments were tested at the University of North Texas Centre for Human Remains Identification, and DNA results revealed there was a match to Mr Mack.

Deputy Pitts confirmed two of the dogs were killed by their pack, 13 were put down because of their ‘aggressive nature’ and three were put up for adoption.

The dogs were said to be well-cared for and fed by Mr Mack before his death, with Pitts adding: ‘This man loved his animals.’

The sheriff’s office revealed they’d previously had a call from Mr Mack in 2017 while he was in hospital, asking if someone could check on his dogs.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: News, Dogs, eaten alive, missing person, Texas

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