Dog attack leaves 62-year-old man dead in Missouri yard: police
A 62-year-old man was found dead in a Missouri backyard after a suspected dog attack, police said.
His wife, who works nights at a nursing home, knew something was wrong when Dennis Moore didn’t call her before bed as he usually does, KSDK reported.
Her fears were confirmed when she called him at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, and police responded, according to Missouri TV. He had been attacked.
“The dogs ate him to the point where his body was rotting,” Melvina Moore told KSDK. “They can’t show me his body.”
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department believe the man was killed between 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report. He was found with “significant bodily injuries”.
Dennis Moore was found in an alley in the 4800 block of San Francisco Avenue, about two blocks from his home, according to KSDK.
Investigators who surveyed the area found a second victim – a 92-year-old man – “suffering significant bites from several dogs attacking him in the alley”. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Animal Control has seized three dogs suspected of being involved in the attacks, police said. The dogs, described by police as pit bulls, matched descriptions of “several dog bites in the area”.
Neighbor Michael Lewis told KTVI he saw several dogs, belonging to someone nearby, roaming the area. He said he avoided the alley when he was with his own dog.
“My dog weighs about 90 pounds,” he told the station. “I know he won’t have a problem with one of them, but I’m not going to let him fight…six.”
Police have not determined what led to the attacks.
Animal Control and the medical examiner’s office are continuing their investigation, authorities said. The 62-year-old’s body will undergo an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.