Man dies from dog attack in Pontotoc County

By Pontotoc Progress/NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – Pontotoc County investigators are looking into what prompted a dog attack that resulted in the death of a Pontotoc County man.
Ronnie Waldo, 51, was killed when three pit bull dogs attacked him Wednesday afternoon at a home at 879 Topsy Road, off Randolph Loop. Waldo was pronounced dead at the scene. At least two of the three dogs were shot and killed by deputies after being aggressive toward them.
Waldo was renting property from Casey Swanson and was found by a close friend in Swanson’s front yard. Pontotoc County Sheriff Neal Davis said the case is still under investigation and would not provide any more information.
More than hour after the incident reportedly happened, emergency personnel, deputies and the coroner were still on the scene. Yellow police tape around the roughly 3,500-square-foot, two-story home marked the spot where Waldo’s body was found.
A half dozen pit bull puppies scurried around the yard, seemingly oblivious to the howls and growls of the adult dogs that were being corralled from the backyard by sheriff’s deputies. One by one the large dogs were carried from the backyard of the home by a catch pole looped around their necks and placed in cages in back of a truck.
It took several deputies to get control of the animals, most of them not going without a fight.

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