UPDATE: Coroner identifies man killed in deadly dog attack

Man mauled to death by pit bull in Dayton alley. (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: Neighbors say dogs have been at the house at 345 Middle St. in Dayton for years.

"I haven't, myself, had any problems with them. They looked well fed and he usually took really good care of them," Joe Ross, who lives nearby, said.

Ross says he tries to stay away from the animals but that he’s never heard of any attacks involving the dogs.

"I would never want to walk my dogs by there or anything because (the dogs) were just tethered," Ross said.

The call for help came in around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers arrived on scene a short time later.

"The dog was there still attacking the individual. The dog then went into the backyard of 345 Middle St. When the officers went over there, there was no way to safely confine the dog for the Animal Resource Center, so they ended up having to dispatch that dog," Lt. Andrew Booher with the Dayton Police Department said.

Emergency crews took Brown to Miami Valley Hospital but he died from the attack.

Police say they found a chain for the dog but they say the pit bull was able to break free.

Officers say there were three other dogs living at the house.

The remaining dogs were taken by the Animal Resource Center.

One pit bull owner we talked with says he hopes people realize it's not the breed but the owners who shape how a dog acts.

"I've been owning pit bulls for all my life, at least the last 20 years, and I've never had a problem with my dogs. It's how you take care of your dog basically. It's not the breed, it's the owners," said Chris Turner, who lives nearby.

Police wouldn’t speculate on which charges, if any, would be filed but say they could range from failure to control a dog up to felony charges.

Dayton Police say the property owner is in a nursing home. As of this writing, officers do not know if that person is the owner.

However, police do say people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the house.


DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed Tuesday morning in a dog attack. According to the coroner's office, Maurice Brown, 60, is the man who was mauled to death by a pit bull in an alley off of Middle Street. Police say Brown was an innocent victim and at the wrong place at the wrong time.

A man called 911 around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday saying he could hear Brown yelling, "Jesus, help me, help me!" The caller said he'd heard the man yelling and screaming for several minutes and he didn't know what was going on. When police got on the scene in an alleyway near Middle Street and Riverview Avenue in Dayton, they say they saw the dog attacking the man.

Officers say when they got near the dog, it took off. Medics were able to get Brown up and took him to Miami Valley Hospital where he died.

The pit bull that attacked the man has been put down. Police say they believe it lived at a nearby house, but they're not sure who owned the animal. The home where they believed the dog lived also had three more pit bulls inside. The dogs were removed by Animal Resource and we're told the dogs were not aggressive. Police say they did find a thick chain that was likely for the dog that attacked the man, however, the pit bull was able to break the chain and escape.

Nearby the area where the man was attacked, police say there was a dead rodent; they believe the dog first attacked the rodent and then the man.

Dayton Police gave an update on the investigation Tuesday afternoon:

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