Animal cruelty charges for Tucson man; Owner attacked by pit bull still critical

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Animal cruelty charges for a Tucson man, accused of killing a dog that attacked him and two other people Sunday.

Rashod Tyler allegedly shot the animal Monday while it was penned in its owner's back yard.

Tucson police want to find a teenage boy believed to have been bitten by the dog before being rescued by passing drivers.

Call 911 or 88-CRIME if you have information.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson man mauled by his own pit bull in dire shape Thursday night.

Thursday a pit bull named butch sat sedated in a cage.  His calm demeanor vastly different from the previous day.

"It's weird to find out how he attacked the owner," said neighbor Steve Orbine.

Officials say Wednesday night Butch attacked his 61-year-old owner outside his Drexel Heights home, inflicting life-threatening injuries.

"I can tell you that this is one of the worst we've seen," said Tracy Koslowski from Drexel Heights Fire.

Neighbors reported seeing the owner trying to break up a fight between butch and his two other dogs.

Now all three are under watch at animal care.

"It's very very tragic," said Jayne Cundy.

PACC worker Jayne Cundy says she hasn't seen many pit bull attacks.

"Any animal has the potential to harm somebody and people just need to remember that," said Cundy.

That's why it's best to know your animal's behavior.

"You just need to pay attention to the signs.  Remember that your animals are dogs, they're not humans," said Cundy.

In the meantime, neighbors are still shocked to see such a sudden change in Butch's behavior.

"They've been outside with him before and he's always been a friendly dog. he's come over here and played with our dog and he's never been a threat," said Orbine.

Until animal care workers talk to the owner, nobody will know what caused the outburst.