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Tennessee man killed by dog he had just adopted

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JACKSON, Tenn. – A Tennessee man was reportedly killed last week by a dog he had just adopted a few hours earlier.

Just before 10 a.m., Anthony Riggs, 57, adopted a 5-year-old Rottweiler Thursday from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control, the Jackson Sun reports.

When Riggs wife came home from work around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, she found her husband dead.

A family friend said the dog bit her and Riggs’ wife before running out of the house.

When police arrived, the dog was shot on site.

“The husband was all chewed up,” Madison County Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman Tom Mapes told The Huffington Post. “There was blood everywhere. The sheriff’s report said [Riggs] was found ‘mortally wounded on the floor from the dog attack.'”

Teresa Sanchez says she was also there when they found Riggs.

“It was unreal what that dog did and he should NEVER have been adopted out period,” Sanchez said according to the Jackson Sun.

Officials say the dog will be autopsied for signs of rabies or other disease.

Kim Tedford, director of the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department, says the Rottweiler that killed Riggs showed no signs of aggression while at the Rabies Control center.

“We by no means would adopt an animal out that showed any signs of aggression,” Tedford told the Jackson Sun.

Riggs’ ex-wife says she doesn’t believe Tedford.

“I don’t believe what they said. I just don’t,” she told the Jackson Sun. “A docile dog does not turn in three hours and kill somebody. Something was wrong.”

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