A California grandfather died Monday after two of his neighbor’s pit bulls attacked him while he was walking his dog.
Valentin Herrera, 76, was walking his dog, a 5-year-old Pomeranian named Dodger, in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. They were attacked on Thursday at about 5:44 p.m., at a block from Herrera’s house, according to a report by CBS News.
Dodger the Pomeranian died instantly from the attack, but Herrera had to be taken to the hospital. He underwent brain and arm surgery, but it was too late. He died just after receiving a visit from his wife of 50 years.
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The two pit bulls were placed in quarantine, and will be there for at least ten days. They will be evaluated at a dangerous dog hearing.
A witness to the attack, Frank Carrasco, said that the dogs came out of nowhere, and attacked the man without a moment’s notice.
“They just attacked him. Just like that. They didn’t even growl or nothing. One jumped on the man, and the other one came out of the yard and jumped on the man and knocked the man down.”
Carrasco said he saw the dogs tearing something apart. He thought it was a piece of material but it was actually Dodger, who was walking ahead of Herrera. Carrasco said that the Pomeranian was by a house, walking in front of his owner.
Herrera’s grandson, Christian Flores, said that he blamed the owners for the attack, and that the neighbors didn’t try to intervene when their dogs attacked.
“He didn’t say anything. He just stayed at the fence like nothing happened. He didn’t even come out to help the man on the ground. He didn’t come out at all.”
The family of Herrera initially believed that their grandfather would recover after having the surgery. However, doctors told them that Herrera’s brain had stopped functioning. The family decided to “let him go and rest.”
His daughter Irma said that her father didn’t die until his wife came in to say goodbye. His son Luis said that he believed his father died after hitting his head on the hard ground when the pit bulls knocked him down.
The pit bulls owners said that they will attend the hearing for their dogs, and are heartbroken from Herrera’s death.
Herrera’s family described their grandfather as hard working, and dedicated to his family.
“My family has gone from living in Mexico to being citizens in America, all because of him and his drive to want what is best for his family.”
The Herrera family will file a civil suit after the funeral.