An elderly Texas man was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls, and their owner has now been charged with the brutal attack, authorities say.
Suspect Samuel Cartwright, 47, was taken into custody for the horrific death of 71-year-old Freddy Garcia, who was strolling down the street in Fresno when he was killed by Cartwright’s dogs, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Cartwright is charged with assault by a dog resulting in death, a second-degree felony.
Garcia was caught off guard by the seven pit bull mixes on July 18 as he walked to a convenience store, authorities said.
“I can say that this gentleman did nothing to provoke these animals, I can tell you that,” Sheriff Eric Fagan said at a press conference before Cartwright’s arrest. “He did nothing to provoke these animals. It was inappropriate, it was pointless.”
“The dogs just attacked him for no reason,” he added.
All of the killing dogs were found by officers and animal control officers and taken off the street, the sheriff’s office said.
Cartwright remained in custody at the local jail with a $100,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said Friday.
“This devastating tragedy should not have happened. I extend my deepest condolences to the Garcia family and its neighbors as they adjust to the loss of Mr. Garcia,” Fagan said in a press release announcing the arrest.
A relative of the victim remembered him as someone “full of life.”
“He was young. He was full of life. He loved dancing. He loved singing. He was very happy,” one of his granddaughters, Ivon Fajardo, told ABC 13. enjoy each other’s company. Now that he’s gone, it won’t be the same.”