Man, 56, mauled by 3 dogs on west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 56-year-old man required surgery early Monday morning after being mauled by three dogs on Detroit's west side, police said.

The mauling took place at 12:07 a.m. on the 13500 block of Warwick. That's just south of Schoolcraft and west of the Southfield Freeway.

Police say the owner of the dogs is a 59-year-old man. What preceded the alleged attack was unclear, but the men are believed to be neighbors.

A witness transported the victim to a hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition before being downgraded to temporary serious. He was taken in for surgery, preventing investigators from interviewing him.

Animal control has been contacted, Lance said, but no arrest has been made. 

Detroit Animal Care and Control said in a statement issued Monday afternoon that it is working with the police to get more information on the incident and to make contact with the dogs' owner.

"It is our intention to impound these animals to assess them during a mandatory quarantine hold," the agency says, and that assessment will "determine whether the dogs present a danger to others."

Tickets could possibly be issued to the owner, depending on the circumstances, the statement said.