A man from Texas has been arrested after a 71-year-old man was mauled to death by his 7 dogs as he walked to a store.
71-year-old Freddy Garcia was killed after he was set upon by a pack of 7 dogs in Fresno, on 18 July, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a statement. Samuel Cartwright, 47, has been arrested after authorities determined that the dogs responsible for the brutal attack belonged to him.
Cartwright initially told KTRK that the dogs - all pit bull mixes - did not belong to him and claimed he had reported them to animal control after he spotted them on his property.
He said: "There are 20 dogs around here right now. If you drive down this back street, there will be 20 loose dogs running around.
"People just dump them around here. The dogs go wherever they can find food."
Shortly after giving the interview, Cartwright was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony "attack by a dog resulting in death". His bail is set at $100,000. Sheriff Eric Fagan said that Mr Garcia was simply walking to the local store and had done nothing to provoke the dogs - which have since been seized by authorities.
Sherrif Fagan said: "He was walking down the street, he was not in anyone's yard, he was walking to the store when he was attacked. "He had nothing in his hands. The dogs just attacked him for no reason and no provocation whatsoever. It was uncalled for. It was senseless."
The victim's granddaughter, Ivon Fajardo told KTRK that her grandfather was always "youthful".
She said: "He was full of life. He liked to dance. He liked to sing. He was really joyful.
"We would get together on the weekend and enjoy each other's company. Now, that he's not here. It's not going to be the same."