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Grieving Mom Shocked After Mauling Death of ‘Good Man’

[This is why you carry pepper spray or other means of defense against dogs.]

Melvin Olds, Jr., 45, took a shortcut home through the woods, where he encountered the dogs

The grieving mother of the Florida man mauled to death by dogs while taking a shortcut home described him as a “good man” in an interview while expressing her shock.

“I thought a dog was a man’s best friend,” said Cynthia Hill, the mother of 45-year-old Melvin Olds Jr., whose body was found Thursday with more than 100 bite wounds, reports WFLA.

“He was a good person, a good man. Just so hurt, deeply because it’s so unexpected,” Hill added.

Olds, a father of five who was also a grandfather, walked through a wooded area when he was attacked by the pack of dogs, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

A Friday autopsy determined the preliminary cause of death was from injuries suffered during an animal attack. More than 100 bites were found on his body.

Six dogs have been captured in the area whose bites match the wounds on Olds’ body, the Sheriff’s Office says.

“I want to encourage residents of Highway Park and the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any loose dogs, especially those that seem aggressive,” Sheriff Paul Blackman said in the release. “We don’t want anyone else to be injured.”

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