Ignacio Meza, 45, a Diamond Hill resident in Forth Worth, TX, is still in critical condition at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, after being mauled by three Pit Bulls as he fought to save the life of his young Boxer-Mastiff puppy. The traumatized, and possibly wounded, pup fled and has still not been found.
Meza was severely injured shortly after midnight Tuesday while trying to rescue his dog, Angelica, in the backyard of a home in the 3300 block of North Crump Street from the dogs who reportedly were strays.
The distraught dog owner and his two daughters had gone in search of Angelica and heard a commotion nearby. They found the young dog under attack by the three Pit Bulls inside the yard, police said.
Officers responded to a 911 call and found Meza bleeding heavily from severe bites and the dogs on top of him. The Pit Bulls then charged responding officers and were shot.
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Meza’s 26-year-old daughter was also injured, trying to save her father.
The Meza family is desperate to find Angelica, who is microchipped.
Rabies tests on all the attacking dogs were negative, said Diane Covey, a spokeswoman for the city’s code compliance department.
Police and animal-control teams carrying tranquilizer darts were still searching for the owners of the dogs, which wore no collars or tags. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477).