A Texas man was arrested by the local police after his seven dogs attacked and killed a 71-year-old man in Fresno, last week, authorities said on Sunday.
According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, Samuel Cartwright was detained and charged with attack by dog resulting in death, a second-degree felony in Texas, after his pit bull mixes allegedly mauled Freddy Garcia in an unprovoked attack on July 18 as Garcia walked to a nearby store in Fresno, an unincorporated community about 20 miles south of Houston.
Garcia was flown by emergency personnel to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in the heart of Houston, where he eventually passed away, the sheriff’s office announced at a press conference last week.
Cartwright was found to be the owner of the dogs after a subsequent investigation by the sheriff’s office, Fort Bend Animal Control, and the Fort Bend County district attorney’s office; according to the sheriff’s office, deputies and animal control officers had secured all seven dogs by Tuesday.
On a $100,000 bond, Cartwright is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail.
Sheriff Eric Fagan issued a statement saying, “This heartbreaking event didn’t have to happen.” I offer the Garcia family and his neighbors my sincere condolences as they cope with Mr. Garcia’s passing.
Garcia’s relatives told Houston’s KTRK-TV that he was “young,” “full of life,” and “very joyous,” and that he also enjoyed dancing and singing.
At a news conference last week, District Attorney Brian Middleton stated, “If you have a dangerous dog, it is your job to keep that dog secure, to keep the residents of our community safe.”
In reference to a 2007 Texas statute that holds a dog owner culpable for an attack if they act with “criminal negligence” by failing to secure the dog or “know the dog is a dangerous dog,” Middleton said, “I can tell you, as district attorney, if you fail to do that, you will be held accountable.”
According to the statute, Cartwright might receive a $10,000 fine in addition to two to twenty years in prison, Middleton stated during the press conference.
“If you have a pet that you are aware has the potential to bite, kindly keep in mind that the law requires that it either be on a leash or contained within a fence. At the press conference, Rene Vasquez, the director of Fort Bend County Animal Services, emphasized the importance of exercising physical control.
Via: ABC News