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Melvin Olds Jr.: A man was killed by a pack of dogs

Melvin Olds Jr. was a father of five and a grandfather. His fiancée, Jannell Ward said.
Posted on July 8, 2019,at 3:34 AM
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A man was killed by a pack of dogs as he walked through a wooded area in Florida, police said.

Melvin Olds Jr., 45, suffered the fatal wounds on Independence Day in a wooded area behind a home south of Lake Placid.

Olds was a father of five and a grandfather.  His fiancée, Jannell Ward, told CNN affiliate WFLA she saw a pack of dogs in their neighborhood.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office believe a pack of stray dogs could have been responsible for his death.

Olds' was taking a shortcut through the woods while walking home just before the attack and was seen alive a few hours before, WFLA reports. 

His mother Cynthia Hill, told the station: 'I thought a dog was a man’s best friend.

'He was a good person, a good man. Just so hurt, deeply because it’s so unexpected.'

Since the death of Melvin Olds Jr., known by family as 'JJ', his mother has set-up a fundraising page in a bid to help cover funeral expenses. 

Currently deputies are trying to confirm the ownership of the dogs, in what has been described as a 'rare' incident.

Anyone who spots loose dogs in the area is advised not to approach them and to contact Highlands County Sheriff’s Office at 863-402-7200. 

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