Dogs who mauled Diamond Hill man did not have rabies

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A Diamond Hill man remained in critical condition Wednesday, a day after he was severely mauled by three dogs who had been attacking his young boxer-mastiff mix.

Ignacio Meza, 45, was seriously injured shortly after midnight Tuesday while trying to rescue his dog, Angelica, in the “backyard area” of a home in the 3300 block of North Crump Street, police said.

He was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

The attacking dogs, all pit bull mixes, were fatally shot by Fort Worth police. Rabies tests on all three were negative, said Diane Covey, a spokeswoman for the city’s code compliance department.

Police were still searching for the owners of the dogs, which wore no collars or tags. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

Animal control teams carrying tranquilizer darts were in the neighborhood Wednesday, searching for clues and witnesses and picking up strays, said Brandon Bennett, the city’s code compliance director.

Meza and his two daughters had gone in search of Angelica and found her under attack, police said. Officers responding to a 911 call found Meza bleeding heavily from several severe bites. His 26-year-old daughter was also injured.

Angelica, who had an implanted microchip, fled after the attack and has not been found.

Animal care and control officers have searched shelters and reached out to other groups such as the Humane Society of North Texas in hopes of finding her.

The neighborhood is between the Stockyards and Meacham Airport. Bennett said animal control officers have conducted three sweeps for strays in the area over the past month.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianeasmith1 Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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