Scott HammondTahmoor, AU – A man who used his pit bulls to attack four people in 2011 was found beaten to death in his home Monday afternoon.

Scott Hammond was found dead on his living room floor after a friend called police concerned about his welfare. While the exact cause of death is not known, police say the 48-year-old suffered “substantial” head injuries.

Homicide detectives are treating his death as a targeted attack and have many motives to sift through. The suspect list is long as Hammond was well known by police and feared by many locals, who say the man had enemies.

“It appears that the incident was a targeted attack and we have other motives that have to be looked at,” Acting Superintendent Danny Doherty said. “There are a number of lines of inquiry including the man’s history in relation to previous dog attacks.”

These previous dog attacks involved Hammond instructing his two dogs, Chocka and Girlie, to attack people. In 2011, Hammond instructed the dogs to attack a 16-year-old and his friend as they were walking along a street. The teen suffered wounds to his knee and his ass. The same year, he ordered the dogs to attack two men and even threw one of the dogs at the men.

In yet another incident, local shop owner Danny Forrest suffered a severe bite wound after being attacked.

“I told him to keep his dogs away from some children near my shop because they were scared,” said Forrest. “When I came out of the shop he just said to the dogs ‘Get him’.”

Hammond eventually pleaded guilty to using his dogs as weapons. In return, he was given a seven-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $15,000. He was also ordered to destroy both dogs and banned from owning a dog.

“I wouldn’t say the whole town hated him, but many were afraid of him,” Forrest said while acknowledging he will probably be questioned by police. “Despite what he did to me, I know he has a family and I feel for them.”

Hammond’s friends say that their friend was a good guy if you weren’t on his bad side. “Scottie had some demons but he did have a good heart. He loved animals and was loyal to his friends,” said Jason Biggs.

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