Phoenix dog owner faces homicide charge after deadly mauling | Arizona News

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Phoenix dog owner faces homicide charge after deadly mauling | Arizona News
Phoenix dog owner faces homicide charge after deadly mauling | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – A man was arrested after police said his dogs attacked and killed his neighbor in south Phoenix on Tuesday morning. According to Phoenix Police, 77-year-old Maria Eliza Sebastian Ruiz was on her porch on Sixth Street near Broadway Road when four mixed Staffordshire Terrier dogs attacked her without being provoked. She was taken to the hospital where she died. “The dogs escaped several times. I called the police,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified. “It’s terrifying. Terrifying.” The neighbor said the dogs used to be violent and unruly and now she must mourn her neighbor’s death. “She was sitting on the porch. She didn’t even go. She was sitting on the porch,” said the neighbor. A group of dogs mauled a woman in South Phoenix and she died. (Source: 3TV / CBS 5) The dogs belonged to 33-year-old Alejandro Hernandez. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control captured and detained his dogs. According to MCACC, they were called in February 2020 after five of Hernandez’s dogs were free, and he received seven license warnings for the dogs on the property. Then, in April of that year, Animal Care was called again when two of the dogs were free. They also told him at least once to fix a gate to keep the dogs in his yard. The neighbor said it was so bad that she had to drag her 2 year old daughter into it quickly. “I picked her up by one arm and literally dragged her and ran into the house and the dogs came and tried to attack the fence,” she said. The dogs belonged to 33 year old Alejandro Hernandez. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) During a conversation with detectives, Hernandez admitted that the dogs had fled several times in the past and followed and bitten neighbors, police said. Hernandez was arrested and sent to Maricopa County Prison for negligent homicide. MCACC confirmed with Arizona’s family that all dogs were euthanized because of the attack. Copyright 2021 KPHO / KTVK (KPHO Rundfunkgesellschaft). All rights reserved.

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