Sadly, earlier this week 92 year old James Hurt was found dead in his front yard after being attacked by two dogs. The man was apparently out gardening when the attack occurred.
Based on the reports this isn't the first time that dogs have been a problem in Mead as dogs have been known to run lose in the neighborhood and have on many occassions threatened residents and even bitten people before.
At the present time, authorities are unsure of what dogs were responsible for the attack as no one witnessed the attack, but authorities to suspect two "pit bulls" that live a few homes down from the victim.
Meade, which has a population of just 130 people, has a leash law in town but no animal control and the county sheriff says he just doesn't have the resources to enforce the ordinance.
Mead's population has an average household income of $14,668 -- this is down 30% from the $21,071 in 2000 (and much less than the average of $41,664 fr the state of Oklahoma) -- so obviously this small, rural community is not tremendously upscale.
The story has only been picked up by a small number of media outlets.
My heart goes out to the Hurt family and to the residents of Mead.