Man found dead in apartment 'was mauled by his pet dog'

Detectives believe a man found dead in a Nowra unit was mauled by his dog after he had an epileptic fit.

NSW Police initially treated the 51-year-old's death as suspicious after his body was discovered in the Douglas Street unit on Monday.

But a police officer told News Corp Australia on Thursday that murder had been ruled out following a post-mortem examination.

After a forensic examination, police believe the man was attacked by his own dog. Source: Getty

"After further forensic tests at the scene and on the animal we are pretty confident that the dog, for whatever reason, attacked the man," the officer said.

Emergency services were initially called to the residence after concerns were raised for the 51-year-old.

Do you have a story tip? Email:

You can also follow us on Facebook, download the Yahoo News app from iTunes or Google Play and stay up to date with the latest news with Yahoo’s daily newsletter. Sign up here.