A Texas man who lost both his legs earlier this month after being mauled by a trio of unleashed dogs has died, authorities say.
Nicolas Vasquez, who lived in Huffman, a suburb of Houston, died after 10 days in the hospital of organ failure while awaiting a liver transplant, according to GoFundMe. He has been on life support since the attack.
Family and community members are now urging the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to arrest the dogs’ owners. This was announced by a spokesman for the sheriff Houston Chronicle that charges are pending and the investigation is “almost complete”. The sheriff did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast.
Vasquez, 51, was attacked while walking home on the evening of June 9, witnesses told ABC 13. Neighbor Calvin Stoy said he heard dogs barking followed by moans. When he went to investigate, Vasquez was lying in a ditch and being attacked by three “pit bull mixes” until Stoy intervened.
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“Both legs were badly torn, hands and arms,” Stoy said. “He had bites on his head. He was in really bad shape. He lost a lot of blood.”
First responders took Vasquez to a hospital, and the dogs were confiscated by animal control. As of Tuesday, the dogs were at a veterinary public health facility being held as evidence, a Harris County Public Health worker said.
Community members have taken action against the owners in Facebook groups, who have not been named by authorities or neighbors.
Nicki Edwardson, who lived next door to Vasquez, said the dogs involved had been a problem for at least three years, attacking people in the neighborhood and often roaming the streets. She said they even attacked Vasquez a few months before the fatal abuse and took him to the hospital for surgery.
Edwardson described Vasquez, passing Mickey, as a quiet, hard-working mechanic who never married or had children. She said Vasquez’s mother in El Salvador is doing everything she can to bring her son home.
“Friends, please pray for Mickey’s family,” Sherie Morris-Anderson said in a Facebook post. “If you’ve lived off Havard or ever stopped at MS Express, chances are you’ve met this sweet little man. He was nice and never bothered anyone. This horrible, horrible thing shouldn’t have happened. Please keep your animals upright, do not let them roam the neighborhood.”
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