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Owner of dog pack that mauled man in October caught

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police have arrested a 61-year-old man who had been in hiding since his dogs chewed off a man’s arm, leg and ear, and disfigured his other limbs in October.

The dog’s owner was arrested 10:15 a.m. Monday in the 7th Precinct, and he is charged with three counts of harboring a dangerous animal causing serious injury, a four-year felony, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Oct. 2, the 50-year-old victim walked down an east-side street that reportedly was dark because the streetlights weren’t working. Police say 13 dogs, either pit bulls or pit bull mixes, attacked the man until officers, responding to a 911 call, opened fire on one of the dogs.

Animal rescue workers seized the rest of the animals and euthanized them.

“They did an autopsy on some of the dogs and they believe they found human body parts inside them,” Detroit Police Detective Michael Pacteles said.

The victim lost his left ear, his left leg below the knee and most of his left arm.

The dog’s owner was taken into police custody immediately after the incident and held on a warrant for back child support.

“But once he was released on that charge, he went into hiding,” Pacteles said. “I kept checking with family members, but they said they didn’t know where he was.”

Pacteles said he learned of the suspect’s whereabouts last week, and sent a request to the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team, made up of officers from Detroit, the FBI and the Wayne County sheriff.

Pacteles said the victim is recovering, although his injuries are significant.

“He lost the arm and leg, and his other limbs are in pretty bad shape,” he said.

ghunter@detroitnews.com

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