Dogs Found Eating Man’s Body in Calpella Area

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department Press Release:

On 02-14-2014 at 10:41 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a telephone call from a motorist in Calpella, California.

The motorist reported seeing an adult male laying on the ground in a clearing beside the roadway in the 5000 block of North State Street.  The motorist noticed what appeared to be two dogs attacking the adult male’s body.

A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer arrived on scene and witnessed the two dogs, a Rottweiler and Pitbull, standing over the adult male’s body.

The Animal Control Officer yelled to the dogs to gain their attention and the Rottweiler aggressively charged at the Officer.  The Officer discharged his duty weapon two times hitting the Rottweiler at least once.

The Rottweiler fled a short distance away and died as a result of being shot by the Officer.  The Pitbull, described as being white in color, fled the area and was not located after an exhaustive search of the area.

The Animal Control Officer approached the adult male and noticed he was deceased.

Sheriff’s Detectives and investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office were summoned to the scene.  The investigation into the cause of the adult male’s death is ongoing.

At this time investigators do not believe the adult male died as a result of an animal attack although evidence of animal activity on the adult male’s body was evident.

Sheriff’s Detectives have yet to identify the adult male and a forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 02-18-2014.

Animal Control Officers took possession of the Rottweiler with the intention of having an autopsy preformed on the animal.

The owner(s) of the Rottweiler and Pitbull have yet to be determined.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip-line at 707-234-2100.


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