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Pit Bulls Attack and Kill a 59-year-old Man and Critically Injure his MotherThursday, October 16th, 2014
On average, there are 30 dog attack fatalities in the U.S. every year; and a fatal pit bull attack occurred this week. Fifty-nine-year-old Juan Fernandez from Modesto, California, and his mother, age 77, were both viciously attacked by four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor. Police received several 9-1-1 calls and responded to the scene of the dog attack. They found three pit bulls attacking Fernandez in his backyard, with a fourth pit bull nearby. Police soon after discovered 77-year-old Maria inside the home, and she had been critically injured by the dogs. Police shot and killed two of the pit bulls upon arrival at the scene. Two of the dogs escaped to another yard. Later, as police tried to capture them, the remaining two dogs charged the officers and were also shot to death.
Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County Sheriff, announced on Wednesday that Fernandez died from multiple traumatic injuries resulting from the pit bull attack. He also said that Maria was still in the hospital in critical condition.
Police learned that all four dogs belonged to the Fernandez’s neighbor, and the dogs entered their property through an adjoining fence. The ongoing investigation seeks to determine whether the neighbor had prior knowledge that the dogs were dangerous and what led to the tragic event. According to Christianson, negligence needed to be proven in order to bring criminal charges against the dogs’ owners.
In August, a jury found a California man guilty of second-degree murder. A woman had been mauled to death by his pit bulls. In that case, prosecutors presented evidence of seven other incidents in which the dogs exhibited aggression and violence, all in the year and a half preceding the fatal pit bull attack.