Investigation of death of Jackson Co. man attacked by animal is underway

Investigators say Donald Ray Allen was attacked by one or more domesticated dogs.
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 5:59 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A Northeastern Jackson County man was found dead Wednesday morning about six miles from his home. Investigators say he was attacked by an animal.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call of a man lying next to the roadway on Kirkland Road. Investigators say 65 year old Donald Ray Allen was found dead. They believe he was attacked by one or more domesticated dogs and died from blood loss.

“When I say domesticated I’m not talking about coyotes,” Sheriff Louis Roberts III, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said. “That’s one of things we are looking at collecting evidence forensically that can tell us, or tell the experts, for sure if we have a particular breed of dog or if it is wild.”

The Bascom, Florida native was dropped off at a home on Kirkland road around 10 p.m. Tuesday night and left on foot. Investigators say they are not sure who dropped him off.

“We ask the public if they have seen any dogs that have been aggressive, if you’re either riding a bicycle or four wheeler or walking if any dogs in this particular area, the 6500 block of Kirkland road of Northeast Jackson County to please let us know,” Sheriff Roberts said.

Sheriff Roberts said he is unsure of what set these dogs off.

“We certainly want to caution people being in an area where there are aggressive dogs and we have seen this happen other places and we certainly don’t want to see if happen here,” Sheriff Roberts said.

He said they have had cases of dog bites before, but nothing like this.

“It’s not a common thing, not to this extent, not causing the death,” Sheriff Roberts said.

Sheriff Roberts asks for the community to take precautions. This is not something to take lightly.

“We have already seen the death of one individual and we certainly would like people to be cautious and let them know we’re taking it very seriously here,” Sheriff Roberts said. “We’re working close with Animal Control, we’re working with medical examiner’s office and the University of Florida, the doctors there to help us determine what type of animal we are looking for.”

Sheriff Roberts said the Houston County Sheriff’s office has an active drone division that will be used in the investigation Nighttime flying will be conducted to see if it gives then any further clues.

“We certainly hate it for this gentleman and his family, but we are going to work diligently to try to resolve and find the dog or dogs responsible for it,” Sheriff Roberts said.

Animal Control has set out traps in the area.

Investigators are asking for anyone who has any information about these dogs to contact Jackson County Sheriff’s office at 850-482-9624 or Animal Control at 850-718-0021.

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