[Update: After the jump, further information from city of Dallas spokesman Frank Librio.]
If you live in the M Streets and woke up this morning to what you thought might have been gunfire, well, you were right. At approximately 6:30 a.m., according to a Dallas police spokesman, a 63-year-old man was attacked by "two large, pit bull-type dogs" while he was out for his morning walk. Via Facebook accounts and other heads-up, we'd initially heard that the attack occurred on the 6300 block of Marquita Avenue, but the official location on the police report lists the 6300 block of Monticello Avenue, between Skillman Street and Abrams Road.
The man suffered cuts, bites and scratches to his face, arms and legs, and, according to the police report, he was rushed to Baylor, where he required "numerous stitches." Currently, he's listed in stable condition.
"The two large dogs jumped on him and started attacking him," police spokesman Cpl. Gerardo Montreal told Unfair Park just moments ago. The dogs jumped on him, knocking him to the ground repeatedly.
He sought help at a nearby house, banging on the door and yelling for help. The woman inside, too alarmed to open the open the door, immediately called 911. The police responded to the call as a Code 3 emergency, meaning they were able to race to the scene with lights flashing and sirens wailing.
Three officers arrived on the scene, and when they exited their squad cars, one of the two dogs charged the officers. At which point, Montreal says, one officer "fired off a round" at the charging dog.
She missed. According to the report the officer said she discharged her weapon "to protect herself and other officers."
"Then the dogs ran off," Montreal said. "But were later captured by animal control officers."
Though Montreal said the report didn't mention if the dogs were wearing collars and/or tags, he said if Dallas Animal Services can locate the owner, then it's up to them to file any charges.
"Pending their investigation, the dogs will be held by animal control," Montreal said.
Needless to say, we've reached out to DAS for a comment and are awaiting word.
Update at 4 p.m.: Frank Librio, spokesman for the city, sends this addendum:
So far, we have been unable to determine the owner of the dogs. Staff is trying to contact the victim to identify the dogs we have in custody. DAS says they are Pitbulls. The dogs are required to be held 13 days. If the owner can't be identified they will be put to sleep.
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