Pulp Fiction Actor’s Caretaker Found Dead With Dog Bites

Ving Rhames and his dog KongA 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

11 Responses to “Pulp Fiction Actor’s Caretaker Found Dead With Dog Bites”

  1. Lynne says:

    What, no pit bulls?

  2. Phoebe says:

    All of those dogs are for ’security,’ I suppose. If so, I hope Rhames has video surveillance on the property, too. That way they can find out what really happened and if the dogs did attack for no reason.

  3. HighNote says:

    What is this lately about all these dog biting and hurting people? Maybe some of that tainted food affected them in other ways.

  4. Madeleine says:

    Could it be, since there were only bites on the caretaker, that the dogs were actually trying to revive the man who had suffered a heart attack?

  5. Furbabies says:

    Madeleine, I was thinking the same thing. Dogs can sense distress, maybe they were trying to help. It’s not like they have opposable thumbs and can pick him up. Dogs use only what they have and that would be their teeth. It was said that the dogs were extremely friendly, so I really hope that they won’t be put down.

  6. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    I also really wonder if the bites the man had on his body were from dogs trying to “wake him up” and make him respond. If he collapsed from a heart attack in front of the dogs they would definitely sense there was something wrong. They might have gotten more and more physical in their attempts to make him get up from the ground.

  7. Nancy G. says:

    I read that he has those Filia Brasiliaro mastiffs [I’m not sure of the spelling], NOT bullmastiffs or English mastiffs. Those dogs are mean, I was once at a dog show and one began to growl very savagely when the judge approached. The judge stepped back and orderd the dog and the woman handling it out of the show. They were bred in Brazil to hunt down escaped slaves. The English Bulldog? C’mon, I doubt he had anything to do with this tragic mauling. But this makes me wonder how many of the ‘bull mastiffs’ in the category that places them among the top dangerous dogs, are really the mastiff breed from Brazil, not the English bullmastiffs. I believe at least one of the dogs who killed the woman in San Fran a few years ago was also of the Brazilian breed.

  8. straybaby says:

    Nancy G. says:
    August 5th, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    nope, different breed killed the woman in SF. He stated that his dogs we not aggressive, so why don’t we let this play out? Just because you saw one not behave well at a dog show (and you’re not sure on breed), don’t trash the whole breed. I’ve seen one of my breed get nervous at Westminster, but the other 20 or so in the ring were just fine and more than a hoot! Does that make my breed aggressive?

    who places the bull mastiffs at the top of aggressive breeds? AKC? Dog People? The Media? Politicians? Why don’t we hear about more issues in the news with them?

  9. Nancy G. says:

    Bull Mastiffs are listed on AKC lists of the top breds that bite people, which surprised me. I do not know of the English Bull mastiff as a mean breed. I am quite sure of the breed I saw at the dog show, I am just not sure of the spelling. I have shown dogs for many years, this dog was loudly growling at the judge when he approached, as if he was about ready to attack. The judge straightened up, stepped back, and ordered the dog and women out of the ring and out of the show. It is the first time I have ever seen that happen at a show. This was way beyond a dog getting nervous in the ring. The media seem unable to tell the difference between the various mastiff breeds, how many other mastiff types are lumped with “bull mastiff” in the dangerous dog lisitings? And what type of dog did kill the woman in SF, then?.

  10. thomas says:

    If the judge dismissed the Fila and handler because of growling, then he should not be a judge. Part of the breed standard is aversion to strangers and protection of its owner. The rules for judging all guardian dogs include asking permission to approach and waiting for permission to be granted. In no case is a judge allowed to touch a guardian dog.
    Since the dogs did not maul anyone at Rhames’ place, this thread really should stop.

  11. Andrew says:

    The dogs involved in the SF killing were NOT brazillian. They were part bred presa canarios, a totally different creature. I’ve read elsewhere that the autopsy has shown the dogs definitely did NOT cause the caretakers death, it’s very likely they were trying to get his attention. Haven’t any of you ever played dead in front of your dog? What did they do? Mine try hard to get me to respond!


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