The 46-year-old victim, identified as Craig Sytsma of Livonia, had headed out for a jog on a rural road after work when he was attacked by two Cane Corsos who belong to an unidentified 45-year-old man.
Metamora Police Chief David Mallet described what a witness to the attack observed:
The man described that it looked like he was wrestling with these dogs, but he was indeed being attacked by the animals,
Tragically, there have been prior problems with the dogs at the property where the Cane Corsos reside.
We have taken a couple of calls about animal bites in the past with these dogs, which those have also been turned over to animal control for their followup,”
“Typically when we get a dog bite we take the initial report from people and turn it over to animal control.”
According to the Associated Press, the dogs' owner delivered the canines to the authorities after the attack and the dogs will likely be put down. The owner of the dogs could face a charge of involuntary manslaughter; the prosecutor is expected to review the case to see if charges are warranted.
Chief Mallet spoke out about the irresponsible ownership of the dogs who were involved in the attack, telling CBS Boston:
“I don’t know who he was, but I’m sure he was a fine gentleman, lost his life needlessly over somebody who couldn’t control their animals.”
April Smith told USA Today that one of the dogs who was involved in Wednesday night's deadly attack had mauled her back in 2012. Smith said:
It's just crazy to me,"
"Animal control should have done something. It should have never gone this far. The fact this has led to a death, it's sickening.
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