INTERNATIONAL: Man killed by rottweiler he adopted hours earlier in Tennessee

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The dog before he was adopted. *Photo credit Huffington Post

The dog before he was adopted. *Photo credit Huffington Post

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.'”


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  1. A dog bit my neighbors little girl and nothing was done about it, they went to the authorities and still nothing, one early morning I was driving my Suzuki Vitara, I saw the dog loose on the road which was an issue in on it’s on, I revved my engine and floor the jeep, lets just say it won’t be attacking anyone anymore.

  2. guess this dog was not man’s best friend.

  3. Dogs my friend are much more loving and caring than humans. I am a dog lover we have a beautiful Akita name Shimo I would not trade him for the world. I guess this man did not know the dog too well remember he was newly adopted. NEVER under estimate dogs.

  4. The dog looks like he would do it again. I don’t trust dogs . They snap too easily .

  5. If he followed our politics he would have gotten a puddle instead, RIP mad 🙁

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