A man from Portage, Indiana was mauled to death on Christmas Day by one of his own pit bulls in yet another tragic holiday happening. The man was said to have multiple pit bulls in his home, and he had all of them since they were puppies.
My Fox Chicago reported that police were called to a home in the 5500 block of Tulip Avenue around 8:15 p.m. on Christmas evening. Upon arriving on the scene, police learned that 40-year-old Edward L. Cahill was found on the floor of the living room in the home by his girlfriend.
His girlfriend had been off visiting relatives for the holiday when she got home and found Cahill to be unresponsive.
Police soon arrived on the scene, according to NBC Chicago, and found Cahill on the floor and covered in blood. He also had numerous lacerations on his face, neck, and arms. Police say that the man was indeed mauled to death by his own dog and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chuck Harris, the Porter County Coroner, ruled Cahill’s death as a dog mauling which caused a massive blood loss.
Police said that two pit bulls were in the couple’s home, and Cahill was killed by the one that he called “Fat Boy.”
Upon trying to get into the home, Harris said that the dog was given a bone by officers, but it soon demonstrated severely aggressive behavior. The dog was lunging, loudly barking, and growling at any officers that attempted to come near him.
Officers actually had to use a stun gun to subdue the dog and get him under control. Not long after that, the dog was removed from the home by animal control officials.
As stated, the couple had owned the dogs since they were puppies, but some argue that pit bulls are known to keep an aggressive nature throughout their lives. This is a debate that has long been argued by two differing sides and very strongly.
Cahill’s girlfriend, who remained unnamed, said that the dog had been aggressive with them in the past. She stated that “Fat Boy” bit Cahill and her son in recent years while they had him in the home with them.
Police are going to continue to investigate the man’s death even though a ruling has been made. His death by his own pit bull is one that may seem easy to figure out, but police have said there are still some things that need to be looked into.
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