In a “horrific” incident on Tuesday morning, a man from Hawaii was mauled by a pack of dogs and left bleeding to death in the middle of the road, according to authorities.
According to the Hawaii Police Department, Robert Northrop, 71, was killed when four large dogs charged at him without provocation in the Ocean View Estates community just before 9 a.m.
A neighbor reported hearing a disturbance outside his Ocean View residence and looking out to see the dogs fighting Northrop in the street. According to police, he chased the dogs away and dialed 911.
When they came, police officers and paramedics saw the victim lying unconscious in the middle of the street.
Police added that despite being taken into an ambulance by paramedics, Northrop passed away en route to the Kona Community Hospital.
According to Hawaii Police Chief Ben Moszkowicz, “there is currently no evidence that the victim provoked this horrific attack.” This tragedy could have been prevented and is senseless.
It is unknown how the dogs got loose, and the owners of the pets were not home when the attack occurred.
The owners’ behavior is the subject of a police investigation, which has been labeled a “Negligent Failure to Control a Dangerous Dog” case.
According to Hawaii law, the offense is a felony, and if found guilty, the owners could spend up to 10 years in jail and pay a maximum fine of $25,000.
They later gave the Hawaii County Animal Control and Protection Agency all four dogs and a litter of ten puppies. The animals’ breed was not provided by the police.
Police noted that they are also looking into accusations that the dogs had previously been listed as stray.
In Florida, a 6-year-old boy was recently killed by the family dog. The 3-year-old dog attacked the child’s head and chest on July 4th despite having no history of aggressiveness, leading experts to speculate that it may have been startled by fireworks.