A Fort Bend, Texas man was viciously attacked and mauled to death by a pack of angry pit bulls as he was out for his usual afternoon stroll to his favorite convenience store.
71-year-old Freddy Garcia didn’t stand a chance when he was attacked by the pack of vicious canines.
Garcia lived in a garage apartment near where the attack to place with a family friend. That friend said that the pit bulls had been “seen around” and never seemed to be a problem before and that Freddy always took the same route to walk to the local convenience store.
But this afternoon was different.
As Garcia took that familiar path, seven dogs mauled him to death. It was the area’s second dog attack in days.
“He lived here for 10 years,” Freddy’s brother, Jorge Garcia, said. “We always saw the dogs out. There were never any problems.”
Freddy Garcia was walking around 1:30 p.m. when the pack of pit bulls attacked him in the 4300 block of Mark Terrace Lane, in unincorporated Fort Bend County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken via a LifeFlight helicopter to a hospital where he died from his injuries, Sheriff Eric Fagan said.
The sheriff said the man did nothing to provoke the attack.
A passerby called 911 after the incident, Jorge Garcia said.
“The ambulance took him, he was in bad shape,” Jorge said. “They tried to save him. Somebody was driving by and the saw what was happening and called 911. I don’t know who it was.”
Authorities have since captured four of the animals and have located the remaining three dogs following a multi-agency search in a wooded area nearby, no word on their capture as of yet.
Prosecutors are considering a second-degree felony charge against anyone whose animals were responsible for the deadly attack, said District Attorney Brian Middleton, although it remains unclear whether the dogs have an owner or they are a pack of abandoned strays.
Jorge Garcia said he believe the animals belonged to one of his brother’s neighbors. The siblings would meet every five or six days, said the 66-year-old brother, who lives with his family in the Bellaire/South Gessner neighborhood, and he said he has seen the dogs around.
He’s yet to hear from the sheriff’s office regarding his brother’s body.
“I don’t know about funeral arrangements,” Jorge Garcia said, waving his hand. “I don’t know what to do next.”
People who own dangerous animals are responsible for keeping their pets secured and restrained, DA Middleton said.
“If you fail to do that, you will be held accountable,” he said.
There was a non-fatal dog attack last Friday in the Fresno area involving dogs that appeared similar to the pit bulls in the latest attack, officials said.
Fagan warned people to be vigilant. Keep an eye on your children while they’re playing outside. People should drive to their destination or stay in groups and carry a stick while walking, he said.
In June, a 51-year-old man died from injuries sustained from a dog attack in northeast Harris County.