A man from Portage, Indiana, was mauled to death by one of his pet pit bulls on Christmas day.
Edward L. Cahill, 40, was found by his wife Blanca Rodriguez on his living room floor after she returned from visiting relatives for the holiday.
Cahill was unresponsive and authorities were called to the home, reports NBC Chicago.
Authorities found Cahill dead on the floor covered in blood. He had multiple lacerations on his face and arms, according to a Portage police report.
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Cahill was pronounced dead at the scene by Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris. His death was ruled as a dog mauling.
The pit bull reportedly responsible for the mauling death of Cahill was eight-year-old “Fat Boy.” The dog reportedly had blood on his mouth when Rodriguez arrived home.
Fat Boy was one of two pet pit bulls Cahill and Rodriguez had since they were puppies.
Rodriguez allegedly told an officer at-the-scene that Fat Boy was violent, unpredictable, and that she had asked Cahill to euthanize him in the past.
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In a statement given the next day, Rodriguez said it was merely a freak accident and there had never been problems with their dogs, reports FOX 4.
“They were playful dogs. One slept with the girls and the other slept with me and my husband,” Rodriguez said.
Fat Boy was aggressively barking, growling, and lunging at officers and they had to use a stun gun and an animal control pole in order to get him under control and remove him from the property.
Rodriguez does not want what happened to her husband to cast pit bulls in a negative light.
“I don’t want people to think bad of pit bulls. It was a freak accident. He loved those dogs,” Rodriguez said.
At the request of the family, Fat Boy has been euthanized.