Man killed in violent dog mauling at Compton home

Authorities said the man was feeding his dogs when they attacked him.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Man killed in violent dog mauling at Compton home
A man was found dead after being attacked by a dog at a residential property in Compton.

COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A 35-year-old man in Compton died Thursday after he was attacked by his dogs while he was feeding them, authorities said.

The incident happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the victim's home in the 900 block of Thorson Avenue, just south of Rosecrans Avenue.

The victim's body was discovered Friday shortly after 7 a.m. when deputies responded to the scene. Video from AIR7 HD showed the man's body on the ground in an outdoor kennel on the property.

One of the victim's close friends went by the home Friday and found his body, authorities said.

The victim, who has not been identified, had multiple injuries to his upper and lower torso, according to investigators, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said he was feeding the dogs when they attacked him.

"The backyard, there was numerous dogs, approximately 13 dogs believed to be pit bulls at this time," said Lt. Michael Gomez of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. "Our victim was in the backyard, apparently feeding them. It sounds like they attacked him and ultimately, he succumbed to his injuries."

The dogs all appeared to be owned by the victim. Investigators believe the animals may have been fighting at the time of the attack.

AIR7 HD also captured deputies and two women attending to another person in the front yard, but it was unclear if that individual was injured or simply being consoled.

The dogs involved were taken by animal control. It's unclear if they'll be euthanized.