San Antonio, TX – A horrifying incident occurred on the West Side of San Antonio Friday afternoon when two American Staffordshire terriers, one male and one female, killed an 81-year-old man, according to police.
KSAT reported the bloody attack happened around 1:45 PM in the 2800 block of Depla Street. When San Antonio Fire Crews arrived on the scene, they noticed the helpless old man being dragged along the sidewalk by one of the two dogs involved in the attack.
Firefighters had to use their emergency tools in order to keep the dogs away from the victim.
San Antonio Fire Chief noted the man was “completely bloody” when they arrived. He later died from his injuries at a local hospital, even after receiving blood transfusions at the scene.
The victim has been identified as 81-year-old Ramon Najeras.
Najeras’ wife was badly injured in the attack, and reportedly in critical condition.
Two others were injured by the dogs as well, including one firefighter who was bitten on the leg and another individual who was bitten on the hand.
The pitbulls’ owner, Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, was charged with attack by dangerous dog causing death and injury to an elderly person, both felonies, according to a press release from the San Antonio Police Department.
Daily Mail reported:
Police have pictured a Texas man arrested after his crazed pit bulls mauled an elderly man to death, and badly-injured the victim’s wife.
Christian Alexander Moreno, 31, was charged with attack by dangerous dog causing death and injury to an elderly person, both felonies, according to a press release from the San Antonio Police Department.He was pictured being perp-walked from his home after Friday’s horrific mauling, which was captured on video. The victim has been named as 81-year-old Ramon Najeras.
The attack occurred along 2800 block of Depla Street, on the city’s west side where Najeras and his wife, 74, were visiting friends. When they got out of their car, the couple were set upon by two American Staffordshire Terriers who had escaped their yard. Neither victim has been named, with the surviving woman said to be receiving critical care.
When the San Antonio Fire Department arrived on the scene, ‘the dogs still actively attacking the couple and attempted to intervene,’ the police said. An EMS captain was bitten in the leg during the attempted rescue. Moreno is being held on a bond of $125,000.
San Antonio Animal Care Services confirmed on Saturday that the dogs involved in the incident will both be put down. A third dog that was present but not involved will also be euthanized.
Firefighters arrived just after 1:45pm to what has been described as a ‘horrific’ scene on the west side of the city where the man was being dragged by the vicious animals as emergency services go to the scene.
The firefighters were forced to intervene using their pickaxes in order to get the dogs and release their grip.
‘As they rounded the corner they could see a man being dragged by a dog. He was completely bloodied before they got out of the truck,’ San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said at the scene.
‘This is not something that is normal for us. We don’t normally have to defend patients from animals or ourselves. The firefighters in this instance w
‘Two people were mauled with a confirmed fatality who was treated and given blood on the scene, together with a female in critical condition. Another individual was bitten on the hand and also taken to the hospital.
‘It has been a horrific scene and horrific experience for everyone involved including firefighters which was essentially a rescue to save themselves,’ Hood said.
Chief Hood said that the entire experience had likely ’emotionally scarred’ the firefighters involved.
‘Nobody expects to go out and fight dogs in a situation like they did today,’ Hood said.
Shannon Wade Sims, Director Animal Care Services at City of San Antoni, says the dogs were American Staffordshire dogs. ACS officers responded soon after receiving the call and managed to remove all of the animals from the property as well as question the owners.
Neighbors say they had reported bites occurring in the past with multiple calls to the city’s 311 complaint line. The dogs had been previously impounded for a ‘mild bite’ in 2021.
Other calls made by neighbors within the past two years were concerns about animal neglect and aggression.
San Antonio Animal Care Services have taken all of the dogs involved and placed them in quarantine kennels, where they will remain until further notice.