FRESNO, Texas – A 71-year-old man was gored to death by several stray bulls Monday in the Fresno area, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan announced at a news conference Tuesday.
The family identified the victim as Freddy Garcia.
The attack happened on the 4300 block of Mark Terrace Lane.
Fagan said Garcia was walking to a store when he was violently attacked by seven bulls. He was taken to a hospital via Life Flight, where he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office said all the dogs were arrested.
“I feel more comfortable that at least these animals won’t hurt anyone else and I hope this doesn’t happen anywhere else,” Garcia’s brother Jorge said.
Joey Cartwright, who lives on the same street as the attack, said he found the dogs on his property Tuesday afternoon when he saw blood on two.
Cartwright says the dogs are straying. Frequently, he said, dogs wander across the back street into his yard in search of food.
“You drive around the back streets and there are 20 dogs on the loose,” he said.
It is not clear what will happen to the dogs. But Rene Vasquez, the director of animal services, said that when bitten dogs are caught, they will be kept in quarantine for 10 days, tested for rabies, and then released back into the family.
“This is not normal,” Vasquez told KPRC2’s Rilwan Balogun.
Vasquez did not say whether the dogs were killed, but did say that Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton will determine what happens next.
Meanwhile, Fagan asked residents to be on high alert, watch out for their children and not walk alone until the dogs are caught. He said the man was traveling alone and that he had done nothing to provoke the animals to attack him.
Investigators and law enforcement officials are working to find the dogs and will continue to investigate to bring justice to the victim’s family, Fagan said.
The sheriff also noted that there was another dog attack in the Fresno area reported on July 15 that may have involved the same dogs.
Middleton says pet owners need to be responsible for their dogs and make sure they’re taking safety measures to prevent them from attacking others, especially if they know their pets are dangerous. dangerous. Middleton said if the dogs are linked to one owner, the owner will be held accountable. Due to Lillian Law (HB 1355), owners can be charged with a second-degree felony, which carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison.
Middleton also asked residents to report stray dogs so they could be apprehended.
Fort Bend County Animal Services Director Rene Vasquez said this is just a reminder to be a responsible pet owner. He says if you know your pet bites, take precautions when they may be around other people and keep them on a leash.
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