2019-09-04 17:36:52 UTC
"I knew that those animals were going to kill someone."
Man mauled to death by dogs on Memphis street
Posted 4:27 pm, July 19, 2019, by Luke Jones and David Royer, Updated
at 10:22AM, July 23, 2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. A 40-year-old man was mauled to death by a pack of
dogs on a Memphis street Thursday, police said.
Officers were called around 2 a.m. to Belle Haven and Meadowbrook in
They found a man near that intersection with dog bites all over his
body. Paramedics performed CPR and he was taken in critical condition
to Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
Police have identified the victim as Mario Moore.
Kevin Woods said he had just pulled up to the corner Thursday morning
when he saw what he thought was a bunch of dogs fighting.
I seen about seven, eight dogs, Woods said. I thought they were
fighting with each other. Then I seen legs rolling around and I said,
theyre jumping on a dude. So I kinda whipped my car around and
started blowing my horn and they jumped off him.
Police say they found multiple aggressive dogs across the street,
and were told those dogs were responsible for the attack.
Memphis Animal Services released the following statement on Tuesday:
Officers have impounded a total of 12 dogs from the immediate area
since the attack occurred, and although we believe we have all
involved dogs in our custody, we still have traps set and officers
patrolling the area. We have already determined four of these dogs
were not involved, and they will be available for adoption or rescue.
We will humanely euthanize any dog determined, based on the results of
our joint investigation with police, to have been involved in the
attack on the man who later died. Euthanasia of any involved animals
would be the result in any case where a human died as the result of an
We dont use breed labels at MAS because visual identification of
breed has been shown through data to be very inaccurate and
undependable, but looking at them, they appear to be a variety of
mixed breeds, with shepherd mix and lab mix appearing to be the
Essie Jefferson was already terrified of dogs, but is even more
alarmed after the attack right outside her house.
Im just hearing now he died. Thats so sad. It could have been me or
anybody, Jefferson said.
By Woods estimation, there are still at least two dogs that havent
Dogs that killed man had attacked before, woman says
Posted 5:33 pm, July 23, 2019, by Joneé Lewis, Updated at 06:28PM,
July 23, 2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mario Moore was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in
southwest Memphis last week. But according to one woman, he may not
have been the only person victimized by the same dogs.
When her brother Mario moved to Memphis a year ago, Makisha Moore
never thought his life would end in a vicious dog attack.
"I just gasped," Makisha Moore said. "It's unreal. I would've never
imagine something like that happening to anyone, let alone my
As she tries to make sense of this loss, she thinks of her brother`s
warm smile and his children now without their father.
"In this situation, we'll never get our brother back. No matter what's
done about this case, we will never get our brother back and I
wouldn't want anyone else to have to suffer the way he did on that
street by himself," she said.
Sherry Pruitt says she understands some of what Moore felt, because
she says she was attacked while walking on that same street back in
"I knew that's what was going to happen and that's what I was trying
to prevent," Pruitt said. "I felt horrible for that family because I
knew what it felt like for me and I made it. So I can't imagine what
that man went through."
WREG showed her pictures of the dogs involved in Moore's attack. She
immediately recognized them.
"That's the exact dog I described," she said, looking at one of the
Pruitt questions why the dogs were still on the street three weeks
after she emailed Memphis Animal Services about them.
"I just feel it's negligent, because I did my part and that's why. I
knew that those animals were going to kill someone," she said.
However, the shelter says it responded within 15 minutes of receiving
the email asking for additional information, and didn't get a response
until Monday after the attack.
They sent this statement that reads in part: "We take all calls for
field response seriously, but sometimes citizens don`t provide all the
needed information to make it possible for us to locate the dogs. That
was sadly what happened in this case."
Memphis Animal Services says its captured 12 dogs since the attack
Thursday, and still has traps set and officers are still patrolling
The shelter's director says they will euthanize the ones that were
involved in Moore's deadly attack. The shelter has already determined
that four of the dogs were not involved, and said they will be
available for adoption or rescue.