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.