68-year-old man mutilated to death by three dogs, owner allegedly arrested
A Welshman died Monday evening after being mutilated by three dogs in a house. Dyfed-Powys Police identified the man as John William Jones, 68.
Police were called to a property in Lampeter, Wales around 5 p.m. Monday amid a report that a man had been bitten by dogs inside a house.
A woman was reportedly arrested by police in connection with Jones’ death on suspicion of being in charge of a “dangerously out of control dog”, police told Wales Online.
The woman has been released under investigation and awaits further police investigations, police said.
Police say the three dogs involved in the attack were not covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 but were removed from the property.
A law passed by the UK Parliament in 1991 prohibits certain breeds and types of dogs. The law also makes it a criminal offense to allow a dog classified as “dangerously out of control” to breed.
The law applies to four specific breeds: the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino, and the Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Mastiff. Many have mentioned that none of the breeds listed are in the top five biting breeds.
The law aimed to reduce the number of dangerous dog attacks in the country following more than 10 horrific dog attacks in 1991. Many criticize the law for focusing too much on dog breeds rather than on dogs. behaviors and temperament.
Neighbors close to the scene told Wales Online that they had never had any problems with the dogs and that the attack had come as a shock to the community.
An investigation into Jones’ death has been opened and adjourned. It is not known what breed the dogs were.
In Scotland, a father who has been hailed as a “hero” for saving abused animals was killed after a dog attack in late December.
Adam Watts, 55, was pronounced dead on December 22 after being attacked by a dog. The Scottish Sun reported that the dog involved was a bulldog that cops seized and brought to Watts for rehab.
Jones ran the Juniper Kennel and Cattery in Kirkton near Dundee with his five sons. Almost immediately tributes poured in for the father. One of them said he was a “hero of the canine world” and was passionate about rehabilitating dogs seized by police.
“Adam would take any dog to give them a chance at life and was the kennel of choice for the police in Dundee,” wrote a Facebook post written by the kennel. “His gentle, calm nature quickly gained the trust of some of the most abused dogs and they were able to move away from him to find loving homes.”