Owner arrested after seven dogs mauled elderly Texas man to death

A Texas man is facing felony charges after police say seven dogs he owned mauled a 71-year-old man to death in an unprovoked attack.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has charged Samuel Cartwright, 47, with dog attack resulting in death after his seven mixed pit bull dogs allegedly attacked and killed Freddy Garcia during a store run in Fresno, Texas on July 18, police said in a statement.

Emergency personnel airlifted Garcia to Hermann-Texas Memorial Medical Center in Houston where he was pronounced dead, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan said Tuesday at a press conference.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has charged Samuel Cartwright, 47, with dog attack resulting in death

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office


Police initially captured four of the seven dogs a day after the attack and on Friday all seven dogs were captured by sheriff’s deputies and animal control, police said.

Cartwright is currently being held at Fort Bend County Jail on $100,000 bail, police said.

“This devastating tragedy should not have happened. I send my deepest condolences to the Garcia family and their neighbors as they adjust to the loss of Mr. Garcia,” the county sheriff said. Fort Bend, Fagan. “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.”

At Tuesday’s press conference, District Attorney Brian Middleton said Garcia lost his life unnecessarily in the “tragic” incident and warned dog owners to control their pets.

ā€œIf you have a dangerous dog, it is your responsibility to keep that dog safe to keep our community members safe,ā€ he said. “If you don’t, you will be held accountable.”

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