The victim of an attack by 12 Pit Bulls in Detroit on Thursday remains in the hospital so severely mauled and chewed by the dogs that he lost his hands, feet, and a large amount of blood, reports ABC12.
Detroit Police say they have still not been able to identify the man because of the extent of his injuries and disfigurement. He is believed to be 40 to 50 years old. They do not know whether he was naked before the attack or if the dogs ripped off his clothing. They also don't know why he was at that location.
Police said at first the victim could speak slightly but he could not provide his identity. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital after the attack, where he has been unconscious and listed in critical condition.
The attack occurred between 9:25 and 10:10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, outside a house in the 4500 block of Pennsylvania, between East Warren and Mack Avenues, according to Police Detective Michael. The dogs were believed to have escaped out a side door just before that time, ABC12 reports.
The unidentified victim was naked when police and emergency medical responders arrived, and the entire pack was relentlessly biting and tearing at him, according to neighbor Andrew Sims.
The dogs made no sound that he could hear as he walked onto his front porch, but he heard someone whimpering and yelling for help, Sims told the Detroit Free Press,
He said when he located the victim being relentlessly attacked by the pack of dogs, it was something more gruesome than anything he remembered during a tour in Vietnam.
The dogs were so aggressive that the emergency workers could not exit their vehicles until police arrived and started shooting the dogs, he told the Free Press. Mr. Sims praised the emergency workers for a quick response time after they were called.
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," said Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody, according to ABC12. He noted that the officers tried to draw the dogs away to get to the man before having to shoot one.
The Detroit Free Press reports that at least one dog was fatally shot, and officers then lured the others into the house and locked them inside.
The owner of the dogs was identified by a family member as Derrick Felton, who was reportedly not home at the time of the attack, but was arrested Friday morning on an unrelated charge of failure to pay child support. He could be arraigned within days, the Detroit Free Press reports.
He could face felony criminal charges, including harboring vicious animals, Sgt.Woody said, adding that a complete investigation would be conducted.
In addition to the dog that was shot, Police say at least eleven more dogs were involved. Three adults and eight pups were rounded up. None of the dogs was licensed,
Detective Pacteles said the dogs that were seized on Friday were thin and looked malnourished, the Detroit Free Press reported. He called the condition of the home, which had ample clutter visible through an open front door, "deplorable. ... I took one step in and it smelled pretty bad."
Sgt. Woody added, "Because of the viciousness of the attack, the remaining Pit Bulls will be euthanized," Woody said, adding that all would be tested for rabies.
The Detroit Free Press reports that neighbors described that the dogs regularly ran loose and chased people. Wanda Webb, 70, said she had told Felton that his dogs were a problem and had called animal control numerous times to complain.