Thursday, July 2, 2015

PECOS TX - NORBERTO LEGARDA, 83, WAS FEEDING A RELATIVE'S DOG WHILE THEY WERE ON VACATION WHEN 3 PIT BULLS ENTERED THE BACKYARD AND MAULED HIM TO DEATH

KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

MORE INFORMATION:  http://cbs7.com/multimedia/article_9618ebec-20e9-11e5-9cd2-4f10c7bf2cc2.html



A pit bull attack Thursday morning left an 83-year-old man dead in his daughter's backyard, Pecos Police said.

The victim was identified as Norberto Legardo, a longtime Pecos resident friends described as "very kind" and "[someone who] always did good deeds."


He was feeding his daughter's dog at her Eddy Street house, investigators said, when 3 PIT BULLS belonging to a neighbor approached them.

Norberto Legarda

“I think the evidence is going to show that somehow the pit bulls got into [his daughter's] yard and started fighting with the dog [he was feeding]," said Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney. "Mr. Legardo probably tried to break up the fight and then the pit bulls turned on him.”

A witness told NewsWest 9 one of the dogs lunged at the 83-year-old's throat and all three were involved in the attack. According to McKinney, "at least two" mauled Legardo.

He added that officials are still in the early stages of the investigation and "don't have many details" about the incident.

Officers were dispatched to the scene around 9:45 a.m. and found Legardo unresponsive. He was declared dead shortly after.

Police said the Labrador he was feeding was found near the residence by Animal Control and is expected to recover from injuries sustained in the attack.

A former co-worker, Pablo Briones, said Legardo was "a real good friend" and their colleagues are "all going to miss him."

"[Officials] have to do something about it," Briones said of the deadly mauling. "I sure hope it doesn't happen again."

Police said the three pit bulls were later euthanized with written consent from their owner, Oscar Rodriguez. He is currently not facing any criminal charges.

"It's too early to tell if charges will be filed," said McKinney. "We are still investigating."

Rodriguez could not be reached for comment.

http://www.newswest9.com/story/29467476/83-year-old-pecos-man-killed-in-dog-attack

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Multiple Pit Bulls were involved in the death of an 83-year-old man this morning in Pecos.  Police were called out at 9:45 AM to the 1500 block of Eddy St.  According to the Pecos Police Department, several PIT BULLDOGS  were attacking another dog at that location when officers arrived, and a man was lying on the ground.                                                         

Officers attempted to assist the victim, and in the process used a taser and pepper spray on the dogs to gain access into the back yard.  EMS was called and they determined the victim was deceased.  The body was taken to Pecos Funeral Home, and an autopsy has been ordered.  The victim was identified as 83-year-old Nolberto Legarda.  Pecos Police Chief McKinney said Mr. Legarda was at a relative's home feeding their dog while they were on vacation.

The Chief believes while he was feeding the dog, three Pit Bulldogs entered the backyard and began fighting with the dog. When Legarda tried to break up the fight the pit bulls began to attack him.
McKinney said all three of the Pit Bulldogs have been caught and euthanized.  The police do not know if the dogs belonged to anyone at this time.  The condition of the other dog who was initially attacked is not known as of yet.
Stay with CBS 7 News for more information on this tragic story.  The investigation is ongoing.
http://cbs7.com/multimedia/article_9618ebec-20e9-11e5-9cd2-4f10c7bf2cc2.html

http://www.newswest9.com/story/29465052/elderly-man-killed-after-being-attacked-by-pitbull



2015 - U.S. DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES  - 17  (1 PENDING) 7 CHILDREN - 10 ADULTS

PIT BULL - 9
        FREDERICK MD - 
        WEST MIFFLIN PA
        WHEELING WV 
       JEFFERSON COUNTY AR
       PAHRUMP NV
       DALLAS TX
       CHICAGO IL
       LAWTON OK
       PECOS TX
      
PIT BULL MIXES - 2
       BROOKSVILLE FL
       COLLEGE SPRINGS PAGE COUNTY IA - 

ROTTWEILER -  1
       SULPHUR SPRINGS TX  

UNKNOWN BREED DOGS -  4 
       COAL HILL JOHNSON COUNTY AR 
       ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION SD  
       WASHINGTON GA 
       CANYON LAKE TX
      

(1-2-15  PACK OF FERAL DOGS - UNIDENTIFIED NATIVE AMERICAN MALE ABOUT 40- GALLUP NM - PENDING - 1)



1.  1-7 -  EUGENE WESLEY SMITH -  87- FREDERICK MD - ATTACKED AND KILLED BY A 4-YEAR-OLD NEUTERED PIT BULL WEIGHING ABOUT 84 POUNDS THAT HAD BEEN RESCUED/ADOPTED AND LIVED IN THE HOME WITH SMITH, HIS SON AND HIS SON'S FIANCE SINCE MAY. 

2.  1-19 - DECLIN MOSS - 18 MONTHS - ISTACHATTA NORTH OF BROOKSVILLE FL - ATTACKED AND KILLED BY 2 OF THE FAMILY'S  PIT BULL MIXES  WHILE IN THE CARE OF HIS GRANDFATHER.

3.  1-22 -  MALAKI MILDWARD -  7 - COLLEGE SPRINGS, PAGE COUNTY IA - KILLED BY THE FAMILY'S TWO  8 OR 9 -MONTH-OLD PIT BULL MIXES.

4.  2-4  -  FREDERICK GLENN CRUTCHFIELD- 63- COAL HILL, JOHNSON COUNTY AR -  FOUND DEAD NEAR WOODED AREA OUTSIDE HIS HOME - AUTOPSY REVEALED HE DIED FROM BLOOD LOSS DUE TO MULTIPLE DOG BITES - THE DOGS, BREED UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, BELONGED TO A RELATIVE. 

 5. 2-22 - TAY'LYNN DEVAUGHN, 2 - WEST MIFFLIN PA - MAULED TO DEATH BY HER AUNT'S BOYFRIEND'S PIT BULL INSIDE THE HOME WHERE SHE AND HER FATHER HAD BEEN STAYING FOR SEVERAL DAYS - SHE HAD BEEN AROUND THE PIT BULL PREVIOUSLY.

6. 3-8 -  ROY HIGGINBOTHAM JR -  62 - WHEELING WV - AUTOPSY PENDING -  A 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PIT BULL OWNED BY DAVID WALLACE, 63, POSSIBLY A ROOMMATE OF HIGGINBOTHAM, ATTACKED HIM WHEN HE TRIED TO GIVE AID TO WALLACE WHO MAY HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK.  WALLACE  HAD OWNED THE MOTHER OF THIS PIT BULL SO HE HAD THIS DOG SINCE IT WAS BORN.  AUTOPSY RESULTS SHOW THE VICTIM DIED FROM A SEVERED RADIAL ARTERY NEAR HIS LEFT WRIST.

7. 3-12- BETTY WOOD - 78 - SULPHUR SPRINGS TX - MAULED TO DEATH INSIDE HER HOME BY HER 5-YEAR-OLD ROTTWEILER

8. 3-14- JULIA CHARGING WHIRLWIND - 49 - WHITE RIVER SD - ROSEBUD RESERVATION - MAULED TO DEATH BY AT LEAST 2 AND PROBABLY MORE STRAY DOGS - BREED UNKNOWN.

9.  3-21- DE'TRICK JOHNSON- 36 - JEFFERSON COUNTY AR - ATTACKED AND MAULED TO DEATH BY 7 PIT BULLS AS HE GOT OUT OF HIS CAR AT C.J.'S GARAGE JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF PINE BLUFF. HE WAS WAITING FOR THE OWNER TO ARRIVE TO OPEN THE GATES SO HE WAS STILL OUTSIDE THE GATES IN A PUBLIC STREET AREA.

10. 3-31 - NETA LEE ADAMS - 81 - WASHINGTON GA - FOUND DEAD IN A DITCH - THE CORONER RULED SHE HAD DIED FROM MULTIPLE DOG BITES - BREED UNKNOWN.

11.  4-14 - KENNETH LAWRENCE FORD - 79 - PAHRUMP NV - ATTACKED BY 3 PIT BULLS ON MARCH 13, HE DIED ON APRIL 14 FROM HIS SEVERE INJURIES.

12. 4-19 - BRAYDEN WILSON - 2-MONTH-OLD INFANT BOY - THE BABY WAS IN HIS BOUNCY SEAT.  HIS FATHER WAS WITH HIM AND HIS MOTHER WAS NOT HOME - THE FATHER WENT OUTSIDE TO TURN ON A SPRINKLER  AND WHEN HE CAME BACK IN, THE FAMILY PIT BULL WAS MAULING THE BOY WHILE HE SAT IN THE BOUNCY CHAIR.

13. 5-2 - GAEGE ANTHONY RAMIREZ - 7 - CANYON LAKE TX - MAULED BY AS MANY AS 5 UNKNOWN BREED DOGS AT A HOUSE IN CANYON LAKE TEXAS WHERE HIS MOTHER HAD TAKEN HIM TO VISIT.

14. 5-25 - JAMES W. NEVELS III - 5 - CHICAGO IL - THE BOY WAS VISITING IN A HOME WITH HIS MOTHER - A PIT BULL (OWNER NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME) WAS AT THE RESIDENCE AND WAS BEING KEPT IN A BEDROOM BUT IT "SOMEHOW" GOT TO THE BOY AND GRIPPED DOWN ON HIS NECK AND SHOULDER - HEROS - 2 TEENAGE BROTHERS CAME WITH EVERY OBJECT THEY COULD FIND AND BEGAN BEATING THE PIT BULL - A CHAIR, A KNIFE, A ROCK, A POLE, A BRICK UNTIL THEY BEAT THE MUTANT TO DEATH....BUT IT WAS TOO LATE!!! 

15.  6-28 - JORDON TYSON 'JO JO' COLLINS - 3 - THE CHILD WAS BEING RAISED BY HIS GRANDFATHER AND THEY WERE AT HIS GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.  IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE GRANDFATHER WAS WORKING ON A CAR THERE.  SOMEONE NOT NAMED WAS WATCHING AFTER THE CHILD BY LOOKING THROUGH A WINDOW AS HE PLAYED IN THE YARD.  WHEN THEY LOOKED AGAIN, THE BOY WAS BEING MAULED. TWO DOGS WERE ON THE PROPERTY AND EXACTLY WHO OWNED THIS DOG HAS NOT BEEN NAMED YET.

16.  7-2 -  NORBERTO LEGARDA- 83 - PECOS TX - THE ELDERLY MAN WAS FEEDING A RELATIVE'S PET DOG IN THEIR  BACKYARD WHILE THEY WERE OUT OF TOWN WHEN 3 PIT BULLS ENTERED THE YARD AND BEGAN ATTACKING THE RELATIVE'S PET AND THEN TURNED ON THE MAN. BY THE TIME POLICE GOT THERE AND SUBDUED THE PIT BULLS, HE WAS ALREADY DEAD.



(1-2 - PENDING - UNIDENTIFIED NATIVE AMERICAN - GALLUP NM - FOUND DEAD  NEAR A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT ON U.S. 491 - POSSIBLY MAULED BY A PACK OF DOGS.)

5 comments:

B Cazz said...

Another murder by pit bull with no repercussions.

Cardinal said...

It always breaks my heart to hear of elderly people being killed by dogs. All the deaths are tragic, but there's something about them specifically.

RIP.

Anonymous said...

So, no one was there yet the individual quoted spins a tale where this dear man caused his own death? The lab escaped and he died. Sounds more like the hideous pit bulls attacked HIM and the lab tried to save him before giving up and running away. It fits the facts better.

And three vicious dogs running at large sounds like a crime to me.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

Yes, Anonymous 4:15am....I, too, believe that this man was attacked first by these monsters. I wanted to say it on dogsbite.org but I was waiting for someone else to bring it up. As it goes with a lot of these attacks, something doesn't feel right about it. It appears the victim was already dead....but the pits were still trying to kill the lab ??? We all know that those pits would not have turned loose of the lab until it was dead.

Anonymous said...

Three pits can kill a lab in seconds if they want to kill it. The lab got away because they were focused on the man. They wanted to kill the man.

I would be curious to know more about the lab's injuries. Did he get bitten or did he get hurt during running away in a blind panic?

Any dogs running loose that attack a human are by definition vicious. The owner of the pits should be charged with something.

People need to keep their dogs from roaming. ALL dogs, but double plus vicious dogs.