Owners of pit bulls arrested after brutal mauling leaves man without ears: Report

The owners of a pair of pit bulls that brutally mauled a man in Texas last month have now been arrested and are facing criminal charges in connection with the attack, KTVT-TV reports.

Michelle Taylor, 39, turned herself in to police on Friday and Lerondrick Taylor, 37, was already in jail for unrelated reasons. They each face a felony charge of attack by dog.

The prosecutions stem from the Sept. 26 attack of Milton Sturges, who was mauled by two pit bulls on a street in Arlington. Sturges was working at the time, going door to door distributing flyers, when the attack happened.

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The 58-year-old was hospitalized and underwent multiple surgeries because of the serious injuries he incurred from the ordeal. Sturges has lost both ears, and his nose and bottom lip were partly torn off, according to his nephew Omar.

Omar said Saturday that his uncle is still in the process of recovering and is doing relatively well, despite the fact that his face is virtually unrecognizable.

Police officers shot the dogs to stop the mauling, killing them as a result. Because the dogs had no identifying information and lacked collars, chips, or tags, authorities could not immediately find their owners.

“Dog owners have a responsibility to maintain proper control and security of their animals,” Police Chief Will Johnson said. “We were able to bring appropriate justice to this family who was grateful for the assistance and compassion that our investigative team brought to this case.”

Sturges is likely to have significant medical bills and he lacks insurance. Anyone interested in helping cover those expenses can donate to a GoFundMe page for him.

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[Feature Photo:  Milton Sturges/Facebook]