Lewis Flores, 40, was killed by multiple dogs while walking down a road in Rockport, Texas.
Man Killed by Dogs
Rockport, TX - Early Tuesday, a man was killed by multiple loose dogs in Rockport, Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said. Lewis Flores, 40-years old, was walking in the 1000 block of Monkey Road at about 5:00 am when the dogs attacked. An arriving deputy shot and struck one of the dogs, but the pack then fled. Deputies began administering CPR to Flores. He was taken to a local hospital. The sheriff's office was later advised that he died of injuries sustained by the dogs.
The Rockport Pilot reports that some dogs near the attack scene were taken into custody by animal control and detained by warrants. Police continue to search for additional dogs believed to be involved in the deadly attack. As of 5:00 pm Tuesday, the wounded dog still had not been located. Authorities are asking residents to contact them if they see two roaming dogs believed to be involved in the attack -- one light tan in color, and the other a mixed-breed darker color.
Aransas County Sheriff's Office
June 20,2023 - At approximately 5 am this morning Deputies from the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man calling for help in the 1000 Block of San Antonio Street. Upon arrival it was discovered to be on Monkey Road and Deputies moved to that location where a where a male was discovered on the ground being attacked by several dogs. When the Deputy approached, they turned their aggression to the officer who fired and believes he struck one of the dogs. All the animals fled the location and officers began CPR in an effort to revive him EMS made the location and took over the medical attention for the victim. Animal Control as well had been dispatched. Law Enforcement turned their attention to processing the scene gathering items belonging to the victim who was transported by EMS to the local E.R.
The Sheriff’s Office was later advised that Lewis Flores age 40 had died of injuries sustained by the dogs. Animals from that location were taken by Animal Control and detained with warrants. Through out the day Investigators have worked to gather all the evidence we can. Others have attempted to locate the other animals that were involved. As of 5 p.m. the wounded dog has not been located. It is an active investigation and anyone with information is ask to call 361-729-2222 and ask to speak to an investigator. Also if residents in the area of Corpus Christi Street and Monkey Road see two dogs roaming the area light tan in color and one a mixed breed darker color, please call the Dispatch Center so Deputies can attempt to catch them with Animal Control. - Sheriff Bill Mills
KRIS-TV reports that Sheriff Mills has identified who the dog owner is. "We have identified who we believe the owner is. The investigation is still premature," Sheriff Mills said. By 8:00 pm Central Time, KRIS-TV reported that all of the dogs were captured. KIII-TV went to the scene and spoke to the person who called 911. Adrian Arispe, who lives on San Antonio Street, said he called 911 after hearing Flores screaming for help on Monkey Road, the street that lies behind Arispe's home.
Arispe said the dog pack stripped the man naked and left him looking like a shark had eaten him. "He was laying there face down, naked -- all torn up like a shark ate him," Arispe told KIII-TV. "He had his shoes, socks, shirt ripped, and his whole body was just from head to toe diced and sliced," he said. "They were tugging him. All five ways," he said. Arispe hopes the dogs are quickly captured and killed. What Arispe described is a very common scene after a fatal pack attack.
Dog Owner Arrested
On Wednesday afternoon, the dogs' owner, 33-year old Guadalupe Carreon, was arrested and booked into the Aransas County Jail. Carreon has been charged with Attack by Dog Resulting in Death, under the Texas felony dog attack statute § 822.005, which is a second-degree felony. There were three adult dogs and two puppies involved in the fatal attack, Judge Ray Garza told KIII-TV. Family members of the victim have started a GoFundMe to help defray funeral costs.
Flores' brutal death by a pack of loose dogs occurred just three days after Texas governor Greg Abbott vetoed a bi-partisan bill that would have made it easier for animal control departments to investigate dangerous dogs. The bill, known as the "Ramon Najera Act," would have also protected the identity of individuals reporting dangerous dogs to authorities. Ramon Najera, 81-years old, was killed by two pit bulls with a known history of biting in San Antonio in February.
Second Arrest Made
On Thursday, a second person was arrested in connection to Flores' death, Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said in a news release. Mario Alberto Mendoza Pena, 33-years old, was arrested 200 hundred miles away at the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Pena, a Texas man, had been trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico when an officer matched him with an outstanding warrant from Aransas County.
Pena is also charged with Attack by Dog Resulting in Death. He is currently being held in the Hidalgo County Jail and is expected to be extradited to Aransas County. Online public property records say that Carreon and Pena reside at 1027 San Antonio Street. We call this out because the property has one of the strangest fence lines we have ever seen. It is an "elevated" fence about two feet off the ground, meaning that virtually any sized dog could run underneath it.
Then, if you move in Google Maps to the right, we see the driveway of Arispe's home on the left, his neighbors on the other side of the road standing in their driveway, and the "light tan" pit bull we pointed out earlier from the March 2023 Google Street View. From a prosecution standpoint, this appears to be an open-and-shut case. Carreon and Pena have tall wooden fencing, but it starts about two feet off the ground (this does not appear to be storm water related), and no gate!
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