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Owner of pit bulls that mauled Detroit man arraigned

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Detroit — A 61-year-old man has been charged in connection with the vicious attack by a pack of pit bulls he owned on a 50-year-old man in a Detroit neighborhood.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says Tuesday that Derrick Felton was arraigned on three counts of harboring a dangerous animal causing serious injury.

Felton was arrested Monday at an east side house after months of searching. Steve Constantine lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear in the October attack.

Police killed one dog at the scene and rounded up at least 11 others.

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

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.

Felton was ordered jailed on a $50,000 bond. He faces a probable cause hearing on Monday in 36th District Court and a March 30 preliminary examination.

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.