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GARLAND, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man at a residence in Garland and have placed a pair of dogs in quarantine, Lt. Wesley Hussey said Wednesday afternoon.
Police were called to a house at 142 Campbell Road, but Hussey said he wasn’t sure if the man lived in the home. The death was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Hussey. He did not have the man’s identity available.
Hussey said the death “might have involved some sort of interaction with the dogs,” but police are waiting for a medical examiner’s determination of cause of death before determining the dogs’ involvement, whether foul play was involved or what the circumstances behind his death may have been.
Hussey said he believes two dogs that were at the home have both been placed in quarantine, but he didn’t immediately know the breeds of the dogs.
He noted that he was not aware of whether there were other people in the home at the time of the man’s death.
Hussey said further information may not be available until after the medical examination is completed, possibly sometime Thursday. The lieutenant added that troopers were still investigating at the scene as of 4:30 p.m.
Fatal dog attacks are rare in Maine, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety said in April 2011 after a 7-month-old girl was mauled to death by the family dog in Frankfort.
He said at that time that the attack was the first time a dog had killed a person in the state in at least 40 years.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Dog bite fact sheet,” around 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites each year, half of them children, and the attacks result in 16 deaths on average.