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Autopsy: Man killed by his 2 dogs

March 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An autopsy has confirmed that a man found dead in the backyard of his Rancho Mirage home Monday was killed by his two large dogs. The autopsy gives the cause of death as "significant physical trauma."

Neighbors spotted 38 year-old Hill Williams in his backyard early Monday morning, bleeding profusely, and called the police.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found Williams' body and two large dogs, both believed to be some type of bull mastiff mix. Both dogs had blood on them.

The dogs were so aggressive that animal control officers could not enter the yard at first. Eventually, the dogs were captured and taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. They were euthanized Tuesday morning.

Animal Services Captain Betsy Ritchie told the Associated Press, the dogs were not spayed or neutered.

"When animals are not spayed or neutered, they can be more aggressive," Ritchie said. "There is more testosterone in their body."

Animal control officers believe Williams may have been trying to breed the dogs.


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