68-Year-Old Man Mauled to Death By Three Dogs, Suspected Owner Arrested

A Welsh man died after he was mauled by three dogs inside a home on Monday evening. Dyfed-Powys Police identified the man as John William Jones, 68.

Police were called to a property in Lampeter, Wales at approximately 5 p.m. Monday amid a report that a man was bitten by dogs inside a home.

A woman was reportedly arrested by police in connection to Jones' death on suspicion of being in charge of a "dog dangerously out of control," police told Wales Online.

The woman was released under investigation and is pending additional police inquiries, police said.

According to police, the three dogs involved in the attack did not fall under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 but have been removed from the property.

The act passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1991 prohibits particular dog breeds and types. The act also makes it a criminal offense to allow a dog classified as "dangerously out of control" to breed.

The act applies to four specific breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro also known as a Brazilian Mastiff. Many have mentioned that none of the breeds listed fall into the top five breeds with the strongest bite.

The act was an attempt to lessen the number of dangerous dog attacks in the country following more than 10 horrific dog attacks in 1991. Many criticize the act for focusing too heavily on dog breeds rather than behavior patterns and temperament.

Neighbors near the scene told Wales Online that they never had any problems with the dogs and that the attack came as a shock to the community.

An investigation into Jones' death was opened and adjourned. It is unclear what breed the dogs were.

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Police said a 68-year-old man was mauled to death by several dogs inside a residence in Lampeter, Wales. (Not actual photo from the crime scene.) Matt Cardy/Getty Images

In Scotland, a father who was hailed a "hero" for rescuing abused animals was killed after a dog attack in late December.

55-year-old Adam Watts was pronounced dead on December 22 after he was attacked by a dog. The Scottish Sun reported the dog involved was a bulldog that cops had seized and brought to Watts for rehabilitation.

Jones ran the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton near Dundee with his five sons. Almost immediately, tributes poured in for the father. One said he was a "hero in the dog world" and that he was passionate about rehabilitating dogs that are seized by police.

"Adam would take any dog to give them the chance of life and was the kennels of choice for the police in Dundee," a Facebook post written by the kennel wrote. "His gentle, calm nature soon gained the trust of some of the most abused dogs and they were able to go from him to find loving homes."