Elderly couple was set upon by two Staffordshire Terriers as they were visiting friend’s on a street in the south west part of San Antonio, Texas on Friday
81-year-old Ramon Najeras was killed by the pair of pitbulls, whiles his wife, 74, was severely mauled in same attack
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
Dog owner Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, is charged with attack by dangerous dog causing death and injury to an elderly person, both felonies,
Both animals will be euthanized following Friday’s attack
Police have shown the photograph of a Texas man arrested after his pair of pit bulls mauled an 81-year-old man to death. The crazed animals also left the victim’s elderly wife badly injured on Friday.
Dog owner Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, is charged with attack by dangerous dog causing death and injury to an elderly person, both felonies, the San Antonio Police Department said in a press release.
Following the death of 81-year-old Ramon Najeras, dog owner Moreno Friday, was arrested in his home. Moreno is being held on a bond of $125,000.
The attack occurred in San Antonio’s west side where Najeras and his wife, 74, were visiting friends.
As the couple got out of their car, they were set upon by two American Staffordshire Terriers who had escaped the owner’s property.
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.
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.
‘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.