The Truth About The Ving Rhames Dog “Mauling”

Jacob AdamsThey didn’t maul anyone and they certainly didn’t kill anyone. Just ask the investigators on the case.

Do a quick Google search for “Ving Rhames Dogs” and you’ll see a sad case of jumping to conclusions. Blogs and many celebrity news sites were quick to say that the dogs killed 40-year-old Jacob Adams (left). The coroner has ruled out the dogs as a cause of death of the housekeeper.

“At this point, it’s simply a mystery. We’re ruling it an undetermined death,” Lt. Lombardo said.

In fact, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office, most of the bites were superficial. They also determined that Mr. Adams did not die of a heart attack. The body is now expected to be sent for toxicology tests.

Several readers speculated on the cause of the bite marks on the original post, which is what the investigators believe now. The investigators believe the dogs sensed that something was wrong with Adams and tried to wake him. The police also added that there were no bites on the Canadian writer’s head or neck. Some of the dogs were so old they hardly had any teeth according to one report.

The police were very careful in not directly blaming the dogs during the initial press conference. Unfortunately, the media is less likely to report this with the same vigor as they did a supposed “dog mauling.” But because the caretaker was found with bite marks on his body, many media outlets are still calling it an attack.

It is not known when Rhames four dogs will be returned to their owner. They are still being held in custody of animal control. Rhames described his Brazilian mastiff as being all bark and no bite in a 1999 Los Angeles Times interview. Rhames’ wife told the police that during the seven years in which they have had the dogs, they were never vicious towards them or their small children — in fact, she described them as “gentle.”

Sources: E!, LA Canyon News, Globe and Mail

5 Responses to “The Truth About The Ving Rhames Dog “Mauling””

  1. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    I had wondered if the man collapsed and died for another reason and the dogs were trying to “wake him up”. It just didn’t make sense to me to think he’d taken care of these dogs for two years and they just up and killed him one day.

    I hope Mr. Rhames gets his dogs back. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t after the coroner has stated the dogs did not cause the death of Mr. Adams.

  2. Lynne says:

    This story demonstrates how little people know about dogs and how our media—all of it—has turned into tabloid journalism.

  3. catmom5 says:

    Let’s hope for a good outcome for those dogs. SHAME on the media who tried to make this something it wasn’t!

  4. nora says:

    The dogs cared for this man and were obviously upset that he had fallen and was in trouble. Some of the media if you have noticed since the Michael Vick Dogfighting and Animal abuse incident have jumped to make any Dog incident look bad on the part of the dogs as if to justifiy any abuse of them. This is a transparent and feeble attempt on their parts. Thank you Sky Eyes for your quick retort the first day this incident was reported. I agreed with you then!

  5. Council Says Media Attacked Rhames’ Dogs | Itchmo: News For Dogs & Cats says:

    […] Itchmo comes to you when called.Sign up for our daily email digest or subscribe in a RSS reader.The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) said the media outlets are guilty of creating the news instead of reporting the news about Ving Rhames’ dogs. […]


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