A Georgia man came home to find a dead stranger on his front porch, apparently killed by the dogs in the house, the sheriff’s department said.
The discovery was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 by a homeowner in a rural area near Newnan, 25 miles southwest of the Atlanta metro area.
Investigators believe that the man had entered the house and “encountered multiple large dogs,” a Coweta County sheriff’s spokesman told the Newnan Times-Herald.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner determined mauling to be the cause of death.
The homeowner’s two pit bulls were taken away by animal control officers. They are being held for a 10-day quarantine and will be released back to their owner if they don’t have rabies.
The dead man was identified as Alex Abraha, 21, of Atlanta. He is not an acquaintance of the homeowner and it is not known why he was in the house.
The homeowner faces no charges in the death.
Images of the house taken by an Atlanta TV station show a sign on the porch with a picture of a handgun and the words, “Never mind the dog, beware of owner!” Google Streetview confirms it was there months ago.