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Dog owner arrested in November death of man in Rockingham County

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Daniel Douglas McCollum

MADISON, N.C. — The owner of a pack of dogs accused of contributing to the death of a man visiting Rockingham County from Mexico was arrested Friday morning.

Daniel Douglas McCollum, 55, of Madison, turned himself in to to sheriff’s deputies and was served with an indictment for involuntary manslaughter, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

Jose Cruz Cazares Robles, 62, of Jalisco, Mexico, was found dead on Nov. 24, 2014, at the bottom of a steep embankment near McCollum Road. Robles had been out for a walk at the time he went missing.

When sheriff’s deputies found Robles’ body, it was covered in wounds consistent with dog bites. As a result of the investigation, 15 dogs belonging to McCollum were seized by the sheriff’s office pending further investigation.

The dogs were taken to the Rockingham County Animal Shelter where they continue to be cared for.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, obtained in March by sheriff’s investigators, Robles died as a result of “acute myocardial infarction in the setting of a dog attack and underlying coronary artery atherosclerosis.”

McCollum was released from custody under a $100,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 1.