A 79-year old man was the victim of an unfortunate and tragic death Tuesday morning in Dixie.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Vinson W. Tucker, was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs as he visited a residence of Highway 1651 around 9:00 a.m. The State Police have not released the property owner’s name, but several media reports indicate the attack occurred at the tow yard on Mike Stephens Road.
According to the KSP the incident was captured on security footage at the scene as Tucker arrived to apparently visit the owner.
Investigators would not release specific details of the attack, but did state it appeared Tucker was first confronted by a pair of dogs with no incident, but when a third dog approached they became aggressive and attacked, knocking him to the ground. The dogs reportedly were strays that had been seen in the area before, but had never acted aggressively.
The owner of the property returned to the residence shortly after the attack and found the body and immediately notified police.
The dogs involved in the attack were put down at the scene and sent to the State Veterinarian for necropsy and rabies testing.
Tucker’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy Wednesday.
KSP Detective Billy Correll is leading the investigation and was assisted at the scene by the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, McCreary County EMS, McCreary County Animal Control and the McCreary County Coroner’s Office.