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73-year-old central El Paso man critically hurt in pit bull attack

EL PASO, Texas -- A 73-year-old central El Paso man was critically hurt Tuesday after being attacked by a pair of pit bulls in front of a home in the 800 block of Mission Road.

"These dogs came out of nowhere... they went straight to him and they just started attacking him, full-blown attacking him," said Veronica Coy, a nearby resident.

The attack happened just before noon, authorities said, and the victim suffered severe injuries from multiple bites to his face, neck, and arms, as well as several other puncture wounds.

"When I was telling him that help was coming there was no face, I couldn't even distinguish his face," Coy told ABC-7, "... this man was lifeless, his body was on the ground, he couldn't talk, he couldn't yell for help."

The victim was rushed to a local hospital suffering from severe trauma and life-threatening injuries, according to first-responders; he was listed in stable condition.

A police spokesman said the dogs involved in the attack were a male and female pit bull that went missing from the backyard of a home three blocks away. He said Animal Services staff took possession of the loose dogs.

The victim's co-workers set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical expenses: Click here if you want to donate.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

Rachel Phillips



    1. You are the punk as well as a wannabe fascist dictator, always making threats and wantinf to lock people up or control them. Fortunately, you will never be in any position of authority.

  1. It’s always fkn pit bulls in these stories! Never a Doberman, Shepard, Rott etc but a dam pit. I just don’t understand societies acceptance of these killers.

  2. Pit bulls are some of the most loyal dogs.
    People mistreat them and train them to attack.
    Everyone including dogs are a product of their environment.

  3. After 30 years of owning Staffordshire terriers and “Pitbulls” I will tell you the animal is what YOU make it, period. That so called owner is surely screwed now and he deserves it.

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