LINCOLN HEIGHTS ( — A man, who was attacked by two dogs in Lincoln Heights early this month, has died.

Two pit bull-type dogs mauled Valentin Herrera, 76, and his little dog, Dodger, just a block from his house on Feb. 2.

Dodger was killed instantly. Herrera had brain and arm surgeries. But doctors could not save him.

“I think the dogs pulled him down, and he hit the back of his head,” the victim’s son Luis Herrera said. “My dad had a beautiful heart. So sad to see the way he died.”

The family said they don’t blame the dogs. Luis said he blamed the people who raised the animals and believed the dogs should be put down. “They could do it to somebody else,” Luis added.

Stephanie Grezelle said those same dogs had killed her therapy dog, Tulula, in front of her two young children.

“Thank God that my children didn’t get hurt. They’re dangerous. They need to be put down,” she said.

That decision depends on the dangerous-dog hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The Herrera family plans to be there and explain their loss.

“He was a good man. And in our hearts, he’ll be the best dad,” the victim’s daughter said.

The dogs’ owners told CBS2’s Erica Mandy that they were heart-broken over the tragedy and plan to be at the dog hearing.

Comments (10)
  1. Not blaming the dogs but the owners is getting out of hand.
    71% of all severe dog attacks are by pit bulls and the most common remark after them is…’Gee, he’s never done anything like that before. He’s been so sweet.”
    ’31 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2016. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 900 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 71% (22) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.’
    ‘From 2005 to 2016, pit bulls killed 254 Americans, about one citizen every 17 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 43, a citizen every 102 days.’

    Annual data from 2016 shows that 42% (13) of the fatality victims were children ages 9-years and younger and 58%
    ..infants 3 to 6-days old accounted for 31% of all child deaths. In one case, a pit bull-mix was lying in bed with the baby and its parents when it attacked.
    Why take a chance when there are soo many other breeds that never do this??

  2. A COURT HEARING was set for these pit bulls yesterday? Why are they not euthanized after killing a human and his dog. What is going on here????

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