A pack of dogs has eaten the entire body of a man who had been missing for three months.
Freddie Mack, a 57-year-old man from Texas in the US, had serious health problems and 18 mixed-breed dogs.
Mr Mack’s family reported him missing from his home in May, with the family saying they had not heard from him since mid-April and the “aggressive” dogs prevented the family from entering the property.
It is unclear whether the dogs killed him or consumed his body after he had already died.
“Either way, it is a gruesome event and we want to extend our sympathy to Freddie Mack’s family,” Sheriff Adam King said in a statement.
The dogs also posed a threat for the sheriff’s department. Eventually the authorities had to use a “distraction method” to get on to the property.
Deputy Aaron Pitts from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press the dogs had completely devoured Mr Mack’s body, leaving nothing larger than bone fragments ranging from two to five inches.
“Never have we ever, or anyone we’ve spoken to, heard of an entire human being consumed,” Deputy Pitts said. “The bones were completely broken up and eaten.”
While combing the property, investigators found animal faeces containing fragments of human hair, clothing and bone. The larger fragments were confirmed to be Mr Mack’s, through family DNA testing.
Mr Mack was known to be an animal lover. The only other time deputies were called to the property was in 2017, when he called from hospital and asked if someone could check on his dogs.
Deputy Pitts said of the 18 dogs, two dogs were killed by the others, 13 were put down because of their “aggressive nature” and three have been put up for adoption.
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