HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A man killed in an apparent dog mutilation on Wednesday was trying to protect his pet from attacks by a neighbor’s own dogs when he was bitten to death, Houston police said.
Officers responding to the 5500 block of the Sheraton Oaks were forced to open fire on one of the attacking dogs, Lt. Larry Crowson said.
The fatal mutilation took place before 4 p.m. in the Greater Inwood area northwest of Houston.
Police heard the victim, in his 30s, heard a commotion outside his home when he saw the neighbour’s dogs had breached his fence and attacked his own pet. company.
He came out to try and separate the dogs when one of the attacking animals mauled him, Crowson said. HPD North Division agents arrived to find the man already bitten. He died at the scene.
Police believe the victim’s neighbor owns up to three dogs, but only two of them were involved in the attack. The condition of the injured dog and the breed of the dogs were not immediately disclosed.
Animal cruelty investigators and members of the district attorney’s office were also at the scene to determine if any charges would follow.
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