- The dog attack in the San Antonio video has sparked shock and outrage across the country.
- A video taken by Silvia Hernandez reportedly shows the dogs “circling” the male victim, who was lying face down on the ground.
- The 81-year-old husband, Ramon Najera, died, while his 74-year-old wife, Juanita Najera, was seriously injured.
- The dogs had escaped from their yard near the family member’s home.
- Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, has been arrested in connection with the dog attack.
The dog attack in the San Antonio video has sparked shock and outrage across the country.
A video taken by Silvia Hernandez reportedly shows the dogs “circling” the male victim, who was lying face down on the ground.
The video has since been removed “out of respect for the family,” Hernandez said on Facebook.
The couple, an 81-year-old husband, Ramon Najera, died, and a 74-year-old woman, Juanita Najera, was seriously injured after being attacked by two American Staffordshire terriers in San Antonio, Texas.
The incident took place Friday afternoon when the victims got out of their car in front of a family member’s home.
When the victims arrived at the house, the person they were supposed to see was not home. They were returning to their car when the dogs came running towards them.
As witnesses called 911, a bystander grabbed a rake and tried to get the dogs off the male victim, but the dogs ended up attacking the bystander.
The dogs had escaped from their yard near the family member’s home.
The Najeras and an EMS captain who were injured while trying to stop the attack were transported to a local hospital for their injuries.
Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, has been arrested in connection with the attack and is charged with an attack by a dangerous dog that caused the death and injuries of an elderly person, San Antonio police said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Moreno is currently in custody on $75,000 bond for the charge of attack by a dangerous dog resulting in death and $50,000 for the injury to an elderly person.
All three dogs involved in the attack were euthanized.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said the attack continued as a fire crew responded to a dog bite.
The crew witnessed a gentleman being dragged by a dog and saw him completely covered in blood before they got out of the fire truck.
According to San Antonio Animal Care Services, the dogs were American Staffordshire terriers, one of several breeds that fall under the broader pit bull classification.
Two of the dogs were confirmed to have taken part in the attack, while the third was cleared of any restraints.
All three dogs were in the custody of Animal Care Services and have since been euthanized.
According to Animal Care Services, the same animals were the subject of a previous complaint. “These animals were involved in an earlier fight two years ago,” director Shannon Sims said, adding that the agency was unable to prevent their release because the victim refused to submit an affidavit about the assault.
EMS members from the San Antonio Fire Department arrived on the scene and attempted to fend off the dogs with picks and stakes.
“This is not something normal for us”, said Chief Hood. “We usually don’t show up and have to defend patients from animals or from ourselves.”
The Bexar County medical examiner identified the male victim as Ramon Najera, 81. His family also posted him on social media and in a GoFundMe set up to help cover funeral costs. “I’m still trying to understand how this could happen,” Najera’s stepson, Carlos Gomez, wrote on Facebook.