71-year-old man mauled to death by 7 dogs on his way to the store

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A man has been arrested after his seven dogs mauled a 71-year-old man to death as he walked to a local neighborhood store.

The incident happened on July 18 in Fresno, Texas, when Freddy Garcia, 71, of Fresno, was walking to a store in his neighborhood at around 1:30 p.m. when the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a witness reporting that the man was mauled by seven dogs, authorities said.

Authorities responded to the scene and found Garcia who was immediately transported via Life Flight to Memorial Hermann – a downtown Houston hospital – and was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the attack.

According to a statement from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, four of the dogs were captured shortly after the mutilation, but three were at large for an undisclosed period before being captured. The seven dogs were a pit bull mix, authorities said, but no owner of the animal was identified at the time.

However, following an investigation by the sheriff’s office with Fort Bend Animal Control and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, authorities were able to identify and arrest 47-year-old Samuel Cartwright on Friday in connection with the death. brutal from Garcia.

Cartwright is currently being held in Fort Bend County Jail and has been charged with dog attack resulting in death – a second-degree felony – and police have confirmed his bond has been set at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Fort Bend Sheriff Eric Fagan says he’s grateful the dogs were taken off the streets and another potential attack prevented.

“This devastating tragedy did not have to happen. I send my deepest condolences to the Garcia family and their neighbors as they come to terms with the loss of Mr. Garcia,” Sheriff Fagan said. “Special thanks to our deputies, Rene Vasquez, Fort Bend Director of Animal Services, and Fort Bend District Attorney Brian Middleton, for their collaborative work in capturing and arresting the dogs.”

The inquest into the death by mutilation is ongoing.

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