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"All the witnesses we spoke to ... made mention that the dogs had
bitten people before."
Madera police shoot vicious dog at scene of dead man with multiple
BY YESENIA AMARO
NOVEMBER 11, 2019 03:12 PM
An man was found dead at a river bottom on Monday morning with
multiple dog bites to his body, Madera police said.
The victim was described as an unidentified adult Hispanic male,
according to a news release from the police department.
Officers discovered the body at the river bottom between Cleveland
Avenue and Raymond Road.
Officers investigating at the scene were confronted with a vicious
dog, according to the release.
While trying to approach the deceased person, the dog charged
officers, who had to shoot the dog killing it, the release said.
The unidentified victim had bite marks to multiple parts of his body,
including legs, arms and face, according to the release. An autopsy
will be conducted this week to determine the cause of death.
Sgt. Mark Trukki said the dog was a pitbull male. Based on the
investigation and interviews with witnesses, it appears the victim was
not the owner of the dog, he said.
If officers can prove the owner or owners of the dog knew the animal
was vicious, and knowingly let the dog out in public, they could face
manslaughter charges, he said.
Officers have an identification for the possible dog owner, but wont
release a name without having more concrete information, Trukki said.
The same goes for the victim.
Its unknown if the dog had rabies. Officers would have to get testing
The case remains an active investigation, Trukki said.
Madera Police arrest owners of dog that mauled man to death
By Sara Sandrik
Monday, December 30, 2019 9:25PM
MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Madera Police say Heather Anglin and Aaron
Daniels are both to blame for the horrific dog attack that killed
38-year-old Lasaro Macedo in a dry riverbed near Elm and Yosemite on
"They were dating, in a dating relationship. They were both homeless
and living in the river with the dogs and both had a responsibility to
care and control the animals," Mark Trukki said, the Det. Sgt. of the
Madera Police Department.
Investigators believe Macedo approached the couple's tent because he
was friends with Anglin, and that's when her pitbulls mauled him to
"All the witnesses we spoke to, they were well aware of Heather and
her animals and that they were very protective of her and her
campsite," Trukki said. "They all made mention that the dogs had
bitten people before."
Detectives worked with the District Attorney's Office and got arrest
warrants earlier this month. They took Anglin into custody after
calling her into the police department on December 19th, but they had
to track down her boyfriend the next day.
"Mr. Daniels did require a little more effort. He said he would come
in Friday morning and he never showed up," Trukki said. "We put out a
bulletin to patrol, and he was found Friday night. A short little foot
chase ensued, and he was apprehended without incident."
Authorities say many other homeless people who live in the riverbed
also have dogs, so they're now working with Madera County Animal
Services and the shelter's non-profit group to help keep the animals
healthy and contained.
They've handed out leashes, collars and flyers advertising free spay
and neuter services and vaccines. Free pet food, blankets, and
microchipping are also available.
"We thought that was a better approach than trying to seize animals
away from them, so they can keep the ones they love and then provide
them with those essential services that they need so badly," Kirsten
Gross said, the Madera Co. Animal Services Director.