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Friday, October 3, 2014

Naked Man Attacked by Pack of Pit Bulls

Detroit - A man was critically wounded when he was attacked by a pack of dogs in front of a house on the city's east side late Thursday, according to police.

Three officers responded to the scene at about 10:10 p.m. and fired several shots at the five pit pull dogs, killing one, police said.

The officers lured the other four dogs inside the home and locked them inside. The owner of the home was not there.

"They were pretty vicious," said Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody of the dogs.

The man was found naked and had damage to both arms below the elbows, Woody said. An autopsy will be performed on the dead dog, he said.

When officers arrived, "the man was kind of pinned down. ... That's why they had to do what they had to do, because his life was in jeopardy," Woody said, noting that "the officers very tactfully tried to draw the dogs away to get to the man and had to shoot one."

The 40- to 50-year-old man, who has not been identified, was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was treated and listed in critical condition, police said.

Woody said the man could just barely speak when police got to him.

It's unclear what led to the attack. The dogs belonged at the home, and Woody noted that police do not know what the man was doing on the property.

"I really don't want to draw any speculation on the dogs, the homeowner or the man in the yard," said Woody, who declined to comment when asked who called to report the attack.

Animal control officers were expected to pick up the live dogs this morning; the carcass was already being held for animal control, Woody said.

The attack comes less than three months after 46-year-old Craig Sytsma of Livonia was fatally attacked by two Cane Corsos while he was jogging in rural Lapeer County.

The dogs had bitten people in previous attacks, and the dogs' owners, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, 44, have been charged with second-degree murder.

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