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Owner doesn't appeal city's plans to euthanize dogs in deadly attack

Investigators believe 4 dogs went through fence, grabbed Michael Downing

Photo of dogs provided by owner
Photo of dogs provided by owner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Eastside man did not appeal the intent by Animal Care and Protective Services to euthanize his four dogs that were involved in the deadly attack on an elderly man last month. 

ACPS officials told News4Jax that Lephus Felton has until 5 p.m. Friday to appeal the decision, but the deadline passed without any communication from him.

The four mixed-breed dogs could be put down as soon as next week, ACPS officials said. 

The man killed in the dog attack was identified by police as Michael Downing, 83.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said investigators were called about 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 after Downing was found dead along the fence line of a home on Jessie Street.

Investigators said they discovered a hole in the property's chain-link fence that they believe the dogs could have gotten through.

JSO homicide Sgt. Chuck Ford said it appeared that Downing had been attacked by an animal. Ford said it is unclear what Downing was doing before the attack, but he was on property along the Franklin Street apartments, which face the back of the home on Jessie Street.

Felton said that his dogs would not have attacked without being provoked. 

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