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Michigan jogger mauled to death by two dogs

  • Craig Sytsma died after being attacked by two dogs
  • The 46-year-old was jogging on a rural road in Michigan
  • Another woman claims she was bitten by one of the dogs two years ago and sued the family
Michigan jogger mauled to death by two dogs

A Michigan man who went for a jog on a quiet, rural road after work on Wednesday was mauled to death by two dogs, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Another local resident, April Smith, told the paper she was bitten by one of the dogs two years ago and sued the family as a result.

Craig Sytsma, 46, was unconscious when Metamora Township police arrived on scene Wednesday, reports the Free Press.

"He was jogging, doing what everybody else does out there, running and riding bikes,"officer Sean Leathers told the Free Press. Sytsma died at a local hospital Wednesday evening, according to the newspaper.

HLN reached out to the Metamora Township Police Department on Friday but got no immediate response.

Neighbors who witnessed the attack fired warning shots into the air to scare off the animals, according to the Free Press. The dogs were reportedly running free in the road before the incident and eventually returned to their owner's home.

"It’s just crazy to me," Smith told the Free Press. "Animal control should have done something. It should have never gone this far. The fact this has led to a death, it’s sickening."

The dogs have been identified as Cane Corsos, which are a native Italian "mastiff type" dog. They were bred in Italy as a property watchdog and wild boar hunter, according to the American Kennel Club.

The pair of dogs, both under 5 years old, were being quarantined at the Lapeer County Animal Shelter, according to the Free Press. Police told the newspaper that the owner brought the dogs in and that authorities will seek to have the animals destroyed if their owner gives up rights to them. If he fights to keep them, however, then police said they would take the matter to court.

The Lapeer County Prosecutor's Office is involved in the case and has not made a decision on whether to press charges, the Free Press reports.

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