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Missing Texas man who kept 18 aggressive mixed-breed dogs was eaten by his own pack, police say

Officials confirmed 58-year-old Freddie Mack's death after sending bone samples and hair found on the campus for DNA analysis
UPDATED JUL 11, 2019

A Texas man who has been missing since April was eaten by his own dogs on his property.

Freddie Mack, 57, was last seen on April 9 on his Venus, Johnson County property, according to a missing person report from the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained by the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

On May 6, deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the property for a welfare check but had difficulties looking for Mack because of 18 aggressive mixed-breed dogs that he kept in a fenced-in area surrounding the small mobile home where he lived alone.

"Using distraction methods to keep dogs away, deputies were able to investigate some of the property but were unable to locate Freddie," revealed Johnson County Sheriff Adam King in a news release on July 10 following the confirmation of his death. 

Then, on May 9, after deputies once again failed to enter the property because of the dogs, a drone was used to look for him on the property. However, the drone search did not turn up any evidence of him either.

Mack was entered into the Texas Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center database the next day as a missing person, with a report stating that he was last seen possibly wearing khaki pants. He was also listed as a disabled person.

Friends and family members used social media in an attempt to find him, but authorities received no leads or tips and soon began feeding the dogs because family members said they couldn't do it.

On May 15, they had a breakthrough when, during yet another search of the property, they found a small piece of bone. A few days later, detectives obtained a search warrant and found four other small pieces of bone.

An anthropologist who was called to the scene advised that detectives send the bones to the medical examiner's office for a test. They also found strips of cloth, suspected human hair, and other bone fragments that were sent for testing as well.

This past Tuesday, July 9, officials with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office notified detectives that they had positively identified the remains and DNA collected as that of Mack.

"During the course of our investigation, it was found that Freddie suffered from serious medical conditions, so we will never know if the dogs killed Mr. Mack or consumed him after he died from a medical condition," King said. "Either way, it is a very gruesome event and we extend our sympathy to Freddy Mack’s family," he said. 

Deputies have seized 16 of the dogs — two other dogs were reportedly killed by the rest — from the property, with 13 of them euthanized because of poor health or the aggressive nature that made them impossible to be adopted.