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HUFFINGTON POST – A man in Jackson, Tennessee, who adopted a dog Thursday morning ended up being killed by the canine just a few hours later.
Anthony Riggs, 57, adopted the 5-year-old male Rottweiler from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control, the area’s animal control agency, shortly before 10 a.m., The Jackson Sun reports.
Riggs’ ex-wife said he was a good man who loved animals.
“He never hesitated to be with dogs,” Adrienne Riggs told the paper. “Sometimes I thought he related to dogs better than to people.”
By 3:30 p.m., Riggs was dead in his home and officers were investigating the incident. His wife, Kathy Riggs, dropped by their home with a coworker in the afternoon and found her husband dead.
“The husband was all chewed up,” Madison County Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman Tom Mapes told The Huffington Post. “There was blood everywhere. The sheriff’s report said [Riggs] was found ‘mortally wounded on the floor from the dog attack.'”