PICTURED: Pitbull owner, 31, arrested after his bloodthirsty dogs mauled man, 81, to death and injured victim’s wife, 74, on Texas street as they visited friends’ home
- An elderly couple was set upon by two Staffordshire Terriers in Texas on Friday
- An 81-year-old man was killed and his wife, 74, was severely injured
- The dogs’ owner has been arrested and is facing two felony charges
Police have pictured a Texas man arrested after his crazed pit bulls mauled an elderly man to death, and badly-injured the victim’s wife.
Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, was charged with attack by dangerous dog causing death and injury to an elderly person, both felonies, according to a press release from the San Antonio Police Department.
He was pictured being perp-walked from his home after Friday’s horrific mauling, which was captured on video.
The attack occurred along 2800 block of Depla Street, on the city’s west side where the man, 81, and his wife, 74, were visiting friends. When they got out of their car, the couple were set upon by two American Staffordshire Terriers who had escaped their yard. Neither victim has been named, with the surviving woman said to be receiving critical care.
When the San Antonio Fire Department arrived on the scene, ‘the dogs still actively attacking the couple and attempted to intervene,’ the police said. An EMS captain was bitten in the leg during the attempted rescue. Moreno is being held on a bond of $125,000.
Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, is pictured being arrested after his pet pit bulls mauled an 81 year-old man to death close to his home in San Antonio, Texas
One of the pit bulls was seen with a bloodied mouth close to the body of the mauled victim, who has not yet been identified (victim is muzzed in this photo)
Police were seen trying to contain one of the other killer dogs using weapons, with one cop forced to stand atop a car to stay safe
San Antonio Animal Care Services confirmed on Saturday that the dogs involved in the incident will both be put down. A third dog that was present but not involved will also be euthanized.
Firefighters arrived just after 1:45pm to what has been described as a ‘horrific’ scene on the west side of the city where the man was being dragged by the vicious animals as emergency services go to the scene.
The firefighters were forced to intervene using their pickaxes in order to get the dogs and release their grip.
‘As they rounded the corner they could see a man being dragged by a dog. He was completely bloodied before they got out of the truck,’ San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said at the scene.
‘This is not something that is normal for us. We don’t normally have to defend patients from animals or ourselves. The firefighters in this instance were very heroic fighting off these pit bulls with pickaxes and pipes to try and get to the patients,’ Hood said.
The vile animals will be euthanized following Friday’s attack. Cops and firefighters who attended the scene were left badly-traumatized
‘Two people were mauled with a confirmed fatality who was treated and given blood on the scene, together with a female in critical condition. Another individual was bitten on the hand and also taken to the hospital.
‘It has been a horrific scene and horrific experience for everyone involved including firefighters which was essentially a rescue to save themselves,’ Hood said.
Chief Hood said that the entire experience had likely ’emotionally scarred’ the firefighters involved.
‘Nobody expects to go out and fight dogs in a situation like they did today,’ Hood said.
Shannon Wade Sims, Director Animal Care Services at City of San Antoni, says the dogs were American Staffordshire dogs. ACS officers responded soon after receiving the call and managed to remove all of the animals from the property as well as question the owners.
Neighbors say they had reported bites occurring in the past with multiple calls to the city’s 311 complaint line. The dogs had been previously impounded for a ‘mild bite’ in 2021.
Other calls made by neighbors within the past two years were concerns about animal neglect and aggression.
San Antonio Animal Care Services have taken all of the dogs involved and placed them in quarantine kennels, where they will remain until further notice.