Deadly Dayton dog attack: Coroner IDs man killed by pit bull


  • Police were dispatched to Middle Street Tuesday morning on report of man yelling for help, and dogs barking
  • Police report the dog is an adult pit bull who broke loose from a chain
  • Officials shot and killed the dog
  • Coroner confirms identity of 60-year-old male dog attack victim

RELATED: Dayton dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

DAYTON — The man killed after being mauled by a pit bull Tuesday morning has been identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Central Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Dayton Police Lt. Andrew Booher said no one has come forward as caretaker to the suspect dog and three other dogs that were removed from the 300 block of Middle Street.
Police are working with the Animal Resource Center to find out what dogs in that area might have licenses, and identify problem animals reported by neighbors.

Booher said the property owner is in a nursing home. Its unknown if the property owner is the dog owner, however there's evidence people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the residence.

PHOTOS: Scenes from fatal dog attack site in Dayton

Police said Brown was walking in the area, around 5:15 a.m., when he was attacked by a vicious adult male pit bull. Authorities quarantined the pit bull that attacked the victim before shooting it.Officers located and removed three pit bulls from the property. Police say it appears the dogs did not have food or water and may have been hungry.     

The dog that attacked Brown attacked a rodent before breaking loose from its chain. Police responded to Middle Street Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 9-1-1 and reported he heard someone yelling for help.

RELATED: A child was attacked by a dog at the same address in 2011

The caller told the 9-1-1 dispatcher he heard a man outside yelling for help and crying for about three to five minutes.

"Near Riverview Avenue there's a man outside yelling 'Jesus help me. Help me,'" the caller said to the dispatcher. "Sounds like he's in pain. He's yelling at the top of his lungs. All the dogs are barking."

Potential charges in a fatal dog attack could range from control of animal to felony offenses, but Booher said the prosecutor’s office will be consulted.

"The injuries were pretty severe from the dog itself," Booher said, adding the dog was still attacking the man when officers arrived on scene. "This isn't something that ordinarily happens."

On Tuesday, Dayton police waited on a search warrant to enter a house in the 300 block of Middle Street.

Three dogs were removed from the house after a dog fatally mauled a man walking in an alley behind the house.


Klonda Richey was mauled by dogs and killed on East Bruce Street on Feb. 7, 2014 when

Kimiko Hardy convicted on manslaughter and other felony charges after her dog fatally mauled her 7-month-old stepgrandson in 2014.


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