Us magazine reported the following:
Los Angeles animal services were spotted taking four mastiffs away from Ving Rhames‘ Brentwood home Friday morning after the attack on a 40 year old man, Jacob Adams, the caretaker of Rhames’ property and dogs.
The actor has long been fond of the breed, which are often used as guard dogs.
In a 1999 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Pulp Fiction star showed off his â€œpetrifyingâ€ Ambullneo mastiff named Samson and his three mastiff puppies — Storm, Scorsese and Cage (the latter two were named after director Martin Scorsese and actor Nicolas Cage, with whom Rhames worked on the film Bringing Out the Dead).
He also talked about his 170-pound Fila Brasileiro named Kong.
“The dog was actually bred to guard slaves,” Rhames said. “It was the only dog they found that had the temperament to guard a slave. It could be around you every day, but if you tried to run away, it would deal with you like it never saw you before.”
The Times reporter joked, â€œJust as you are thinking how helpful this will be to the forensic specialists, he pulls the dog away with his free hand before it can playfully disembowel you.â€
During the interview, Rhames lavished his canines with attention, at times speaking to them in baby talk.
Still, despite their intimidating appearance, Rhames insisted that his dogs were all bark no bite. “He just wants to play,â€ Rhames said of Kong.
In a 2001 interview with Time magazine, the actor admitted that he tests out his characters on his dogs to make sure that he’s completely embodied a character.
“Once I’m close to that transformation, then I do it for my dogs – because dogs know when something’s not right,” Rhames points out. “I figure if I can fool them, then I’ve successfully changed my spirit.”
While preparing for the role of Don King in the television movie Don King: Only in America (for which he won a Golden Globe award), Rhames adopted the boxing promoters’ speech patterns and mannerisms and tried out the character on his pets.
I changed my voice, my diction, my movement – and then I tested it on the dogs. The dogs started growling at me. That’s a true story.
An autopsy is pending to determine if the man died of heart failure.
There’s been some discrepencies on the breed of dogs that were found on the property. We’ve also read that there were 3 mastiff’s and one bulldog. We’ll follow-up with the definite breeds soon.