4 dogs attack, kill elderly man in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The owner of four dogs who fatally attacked an 83-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, man says neighbors regularly agitate his animals.

Authorities say Michael Jason Downing was found dead Friday in the backyard of a home next to the apartment complex where he lived in Jacksonville.

The Florida Times-Union reports 52-year-old Lephus Felton wasn’t home when the attack occurred. A fence separates the apartment complex from the home. On Monday, neighbors pointed out several holes in the fence where they say the dogs slip through.

Felton told the newspaper he’s hopeful the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services will return the dogs once they’ve evaluated them. But neighbors told reporters they hope the dogs will be gone for good.

So far no charges have been filed.

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