Animal Rights

Man Killed By Dog After Adoption

| by Daniel Rivera

A Tennessee man was mauled and killed by a Rottweiler he adopted.

Anthony Riggs adopted the 5-year-old Rottweiler on Nov. 12 from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control, reports The Jackson Sun. The dog attacked and killed him the same day.

“He never hesitated to be with dogs,” said Adrienne Riggs, Anthony's ex-wife. “Sometimes I thought he related to dogs better than to people.” 

Adrienne said the couple owned several dogs during their marriage, including a Rottweiler, a Doberman, a wolf-mix and others.

Madison County sheriff's deputies responded to a call at about 3:30 p.m. and found Riggs on the floor of his home. Emergency services pronounced Riggs dead at the scene, according to Sheriff's Officer spokesman Tom Mapes.

Kathy Riggs, Anthony's wife, called her husband from work at 1 p.m. but he did not answer. She came home with a co-worker and found her husband dead, Mapes said.

Kathy and her co-worker were both bitten by the dog, according to Adrienne Riggs.

The dog ran out of the house and was shot on sight by authorities.

Riggs left behind his two sons Thomas Riggs, 20, and Matthew Riggs, 32, Adrienne said.

Adrienne said her son has been having nightmares since the incident and is not sleeping or eating because he lost “the most important man in his life.”

“Tony was a good man and a loving man and a good person with animals and he didn’t deserve to die the way that he did,” Adrienne said.

The Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control website includes an adoption policy, but the policy contains no mention of informing potential owners if dogs have a history of aggressive behavior.

According to the Canine Journal, Rottweilers account for the second highest number of fatal dog attacks, after pit bulls.

Sources: The Jackson Sun, Canine Journal, Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control / Photo Credit: Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control