Kentucky State Police reports the preliminary autopsy indicates multiple dog bites were the cause of death for 46-year-old Brian S. Butler of Benton, who was found dead on a Gilbertsville roadway Saturday night.
The Marshall County Coroner's Office confirmed Butler was found off Highway 282 (Gilbertsville Highway) near McCoy Street in Gilbertsville.
KSP Trooper Bryan Luckett said investigators believe the two pit bulls suspected to have been involved and located in the same area as Butler were pets, not strays. Both are currently quarantined by Marshall County Animal Care and Control. He said investigators were back out in the neighborhood yesterday conducting interviews with people who live in the area, hoping to learn more about what happened and if other dogs were involved.
The autopsy was conducted at the Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiners Office in Madisonville, and the official preliminary diagnosis indicated Butler's death was caused by sharp force trauma from a dog attack.
Because it's possible additional dogs may have been involved in the attack, officials are urging people in the Gilbertsville community to be cautious of any loose dogs in the area.
The death investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 800-222-5555.
Marshall County Animal Care and Control is required by Kentucky law to respond to reports of vicious animals, even in areas with no leash law, and may be reached by calling 270-527-0954. Those needing to report a vicious animal may also call Marshall County's dispatch center (non emergency line) 270-527-4733.