Clay County, KY - At noon, Friday, March 18th, officials were dispatched to Elbert Reid Road in the Bales Creek Community of Clay County to what was initially thought to be a dog mauling. Family members were obviously in great distress when they called 911.
Upon arrival Clay County EMS determined the victim was deceased and advised accordingly. The Clay County Coroner's Office, Kentucky State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Clay County Animal Control and the Lockard's Creek Fire Department responded to the scene.
After a thorough investigation, Clay County Coroner Danny Finley determined that death was likely caused by a sudden cardiac event and that depredation upon exposed areas of the body occurred after death.
The victim was identified as Allen Kirby, 53, who resided with his mother Bobbie Stevens at their Elbert Reid Road residence. She had discovered her son after she went to the dog lot to check on him. Several animals were caged and tied in the lot.
Mr. Reid was lying outside the lot, near the fence, behind the home to which it was attached. Another family member arrived and observed a half grown canine predating upon the victim. He then shot the animal. Two other dead animals were located near the scene.
The victim was apparently carrying a couple of concrete blocks when he experienced a sudden cardiac event.
Preliminary autopsy results Saturday morning did confirm that Mr. Reid suffered from significant heart disease and that death was caused by an Acute Myocardial Infarction due to a coronary thrombosis!
Britton Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.