A central Tennessee man was attacked and killed by a Rottweiler dog, just hours after adopting it from the county pound, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.Anthony Riggs, 57, had adopted the Rottweiler from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control, which is a part of the health department, Thursday morning. The dog attacked and killed him later that same day, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
After leaving the county animal facility Thursday around 10:30 a.m., Riggs took the Rottweiler to show it to his son Thomas Riggs, according to Adrienne Riggs, Anthony’s ex-wife. Father and son had made plans for the holidays, hugged and said they loved each other, she said.
At about 3:30 that afternoon, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a dog attack in the 2200 block of Highway 70 East. Deputies found Anthony Riggs on the floor. Emergency Medical Services pronounced him dead at the scene, according to Tom Mapes, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.