Neighbors had complained about Lephus Felton and his dogs. Felton had previously been reported for animal abuse. He was accused of keeping his dogs malnourished, and of beating them. When an official investigation was opened, authorities found the dogs to be in good condition, so they closed the case. Neighbors believe that was a fatal mistake.
“I knew it was coming, I knew someone was going to die,” neighbor Mark Jones said.
83-year-old Michael Downing was a neighbor of Lephus Felton. Felton’s dogs attacked Downing when he was taking out the trash, and dragged him underneath a fence into Felton’s backyard.
It was there that they tore off Downing’s legs and ripped the flesh from his body.
Downing was, in essence, eaten alive.
Downing had recently suffered a stroke and was in a wheelchair. He was unable to fight back or defend himself.
Neighbors who witnessed the attack say that Downing had been whipped around like a rag doll.
Felton, however, denies any responsibility. He claimed that Downing must have provoked the dogs.
The city took Felton’s dogs away to be put down.
Felton, himself, has not been charged with any crime in connection to the brutal killing of his neighbor.
Right Wing News reports:
People often have close relationships with their pets — but what if a person’s pets are dangerous? It’s a situation that can quickly go horribly wrong, and for one elderly man, it did. When officials found him, he had been mauled so badly, that there was hardly anything left.
“I knew it was coming, I knew someone was going to die,” neighbor Mark Jones said. And his instinct was evidently correct.