Wild dogs maul 40-year-old man to death in Memphis, concerned residents say the dogs had attacked others before
Mario Moore lost his life in hospital after he was found lying on the ground with deep cuts and injuries on July 18
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A 40-year-old Tennessee man was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs last week amid claims that the same animals had attacked other residents living in the area.
Mario Moore (pictured above) was found lying on the ground with deep cuts and injuries on July 18, according to a WATN report.
Moore was discovered grievously injured at around 2 am in the morning on the corner of Belle Haven and Meadowbrook Road, Memphis police said.
News Channel 3 reports that around eight dogs had attacked Moore only blocks away from Elvis Presley’s famous estate, Graceland.
A witness, Kevin Woods spoke to WTVR and said that he saw a group of around seven to eight dogs and initially thought that they were fighting among each other.
However, he then noticed "legs rolling around" and realized that the dogs were attacking a person. Woods proceeded to turn his car towards the dogs and started to honk furiously when they jumped off him. Moore, who was severely injured, lost his life at the hospital.
Local TV station WATN reported that Memphis Animal Services managed to catch around 12 dogs in the area where the attack had taken place.
Residents in the area are extremely upset and claim that the pack of aggressive dogs has also attacked other people in the area.
Four dogs had bitten resident Nikita Fullilove who shared, "I made it alive though. Then I heard what happened to him, I was like … sad."
Another resident Sherry Pruitt spoke to WREG and said that she believes the same dogs had attacked her in May. "I felt horrible for that family because I knew what it felt like for me and I made it. So I can’t imagine what that man went through." She also emailed animal services asking why the dogs were roaming around the neighborhood.
"I just feel it’s negligent because I did my part and that’s why. I knew that those animals were going to kill someone," Pruitt shared.
Officials are still investigating the case while Moore's family is grieving the loss.