A 47-year-old man is in police custody after his seven dogs fatally attacked a 71-year-old man in Fresno, Texas Monday, police said.
Police arrested Samuel Cartwright and charged him with dog attack resulting in death – a second-degree felony in Texas – after his pit bull mixes abused Freddy Garcia in an unprovoked attack as Garcia went to a convenience store in Fresno, an unincorporated community about 20 miles south of Houston, around 1:30 p.m., according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
EMTs transported Garcia by helicopter to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in downtown Houston, where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said in a news conference earlier last week.
A subsequent investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend Animal Control and the Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office identified Cartwright as the owner of the dogs. the sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers had has captured all seven dogs as of Tuesdayaccording to the sheriff’s office.
Cartwright is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail and his bail has been set at $100,000.
“This devastating tragedy need not have happened,” Sheriff Eric Fagan said in a statement. “I offer my deepest condolences to the Garcia family and his neighbors as they adjust to the loss of Mr. Garcia.”
Garcia’s family members described him told local ABC affiliate ABC 13 as “youthful, “fun” and “really cheerful,” adding that he loved to dance and sing.
After the attack, officials urged local residents to take responsibility for their dogs.
“If you have a dangerous dog, it is your responsibility to keep that dog safe to ensure the safety of members of our community,” District Attorney Brian Middleton said in a press conference earlier this week.
“I can tell you as a district attorney, if you don’t do this, you will be held accountable,” Middleton said, pointing to one 2007 Texas law blames dog owners for assaults when they act “negligently” by failing to secure the dog or “knowing the dog is a dangerous dog.”
Under the law, Cartwright could face two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Middleton said at the news conference.
“If you have an animal that you know could possibly bite, please – the law says either the animal should be on a leash, the animal should be inside the fence, it’s about physical control,” explains Fort Bend County Animal Services director Rene Vasquez said at the news conference.
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