A caretaker working at the home of actor Ving Rhames was found dead and covered in dog bites according to the police. Rhames is known for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Mission: Impossible movies.
When the police arrived at Rhames’ gated home in the exclusive Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles, they reported finding several large dogs running lose. Animal control took in three bull mastiffs and an English bulldog into custody. Two or more dogs are thought to have been involved in the mauling. The largest dog weighed almost 200 pounds.
The investigation has yet to identify the exact cause of death. Police are still trying to figure out if Rhames’ live-in caretaker died as a direct result of dog bites, or if there were any other factors involved. The 40-year-old caretaker, Jacob Adams, was hired to take care of the dogs and had worked for Rhames for two years.
“It appeared that the person suffered a number of injuries as a result of the dog mauling,” a police spokesman said. “There were numerous dog bites all over his body, but the exact cause of death is pending the coroner’s ruling.” The coroner is expected to examine the body on Monday.
Under California law, owners are liable for dog attacks. However, no charges have yet been filed against Rhames. The actor was out of the country shooting a movie at the time of the caretaker’s death.
In a 1999 Los Angeles Times interview, Rhames described his Brazilian mastiff: “The dog was actually bred to guard slaves. It was the only dog they found that had the temperament to guard a slave. It could be around you every day, but if you tried to run away, it would deal with you like it never saw you before.” During the interview, Rhames clearly explained that his dogs were all bark, no bite.
The interviewer described Rhames as “lavish[ing] his canines with attention, at times speaking to them in baby talk.”
Editor’s Note on the following video: The police have not yet ruled on the cause of death.
Source: Reuters, AP