WILLIAMSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in Callaway County are investigating the death of an 84-year-old pastor found mauled in a pen where his son was raising pit bulls.
St. Louis' KSDK-TV reports that the Rev. John Reynolds was found dead last week in the pen near Williamsburg, and that his injuries were consistent with an animal attack.
Reynolds' son, John Reynolds, doesn't believe any of his 17 pit bulls killed his father, and he describes those animals as his dad's "best buddies."
The son believes that stray dogs or perhaps even a mountain lion may have been responsible for the attack.
The sheriff's department says no charges are expected, and that the dogs won't be seized because the county doesn't have the resources to handle so many dogs.
Information from: KSDK-TV, www.ksdk.com