Police suspect a fatal dog mauling after man was found dead in his garage with multiple dog bites.
Dog Mauling Suspected
Kendall, FL - A man was discovered dead in his home with multiple bite marks. Miami-Dade police suspect he was killed by his own dog. Around 7:07 pm, police and animal control were dispatched to a home in the 12000 block of Southwest 104th Terrace. Police were alerted by a friend of the victim, who had not heard from him since Sunday. When the friend came to his home Tuesday to check on him, he found him dead inside the garage. Miami-Dade animal control officers impounded the dog.
Officials do not know when the attack occurred. "It's hard to tell between Sunday and now when this occurred. Did it occur this morning? Did it occur yesterday," asked Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. "We don't know," he said. A friend and police described the dog as a "mixed-breed," which could mean anything, including a bull breed-mix, such as an American bully. "Regardless of the breed of the dog, this is a very unfortunate circumstance," detective Andre Martin said Tuesday.
“The victim was suffering from numerous dog bites.” - Detective Andre Martin
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death. Police identified the victim as 29-year old Alexander Andres Torres. On Wednesday, neighbors and family members grieved his loss. He was described as a good person, who faced medical challenges that affected his mobility. A family member said Torres has owned the dog for several years. Neighbors described the dog as a medium to large-sized mixed-breed that sometimes got loose but had never harmed anyone.
An update to the WTVJ article now states the dog has been identified as a "terrier-mix" by Miami-Dade County Animal Services (MDAS). Historically, due to the longstanding pit bull ban (which was nullified in October 2023) MDAS has called pit bulls and pit bull-mixes either an American bulldog-mix or a terrier-mix. Torres' death is the first fatal dog mauling in the county since the Miami-Dade pit bull ban was nullified. No images of the dog involved were captured by local media outlets at the scene.
Pit Bull-Mix "Kobe"
The most recent (2022) and featured dog on Torres' Facebook page is a large male pit bull-mix, "Kobe." Posts show that Torres acquired the dog in April 2016 when Kobe was a puppy, indicating the dog was 7-years old. During 2016, he also acquired a pit bull. In July of 2019, he rehomed that dog. "I can longer keep him and don’t want him to go to a shelter," he wrote. Once again, we see an omission by authorities of the predominant bull breed within the "mixed-breed" or "terrier-mix" designations.
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.