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Witnesses say Jacksonville dog attack victim was dismembered

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by: Lorena Inclan, Action News Jax Updated: Aug 23, 2016 – 9:01 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified a man killed in a dog attack as 83-year-old Michael Downing.

Downing was killed by his neighbor’s dogs at about 4 p.m. Friday, officials said.

The hole in the fence where witnesses said the dogs came through is now boarded up.

Witnesses Mackenzie Partin and Eddie Edwards said Downing’s body may have been dragged into the dog’s yard because they saw his body on the other side of the fence.

The Franklin Arms apartment community is mourning the loss of Downing, whom they described as a helpful neighbor and happy man.

“He always had a big smile on his face,” said neighbor Mark Jones.

Police roped off an area near the Dumpster where Edwards and Partin spotted the body.

“By far it’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Partin. “There was only 30 percent left of his body probably.”