Fargo man says he was brutally attacked by pack of dogs for 45 minutes

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Talk about a nightmare come true -- a Fargo man sustained serious injuries during the course of what he says was a 45-minute long attack by a pack of dogs, including a Rottweiler.

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John Munoz, 19, says he was walking to his friend's home in the rural North Dakota town of Warsaw in the dark early Sunday morning when he heard dog barks that were apparently drawing nearer.

"There was about eight or nine of them, and the only one I could identify was a Rottweiler. Once they ripped my duffle bag from my hands, I knew I was going to be attacked," Munoz told Forum Communications. "Before I knew it, they got me to the ground and were playing tug-of-war with me. I thought I was going to die."

Munoz said he was eventually able to struggle his way to the side of the road, where he grabbed a handful of weeds he used to temporarily fend the dogs off. But "the dogs continued to attack me until I got to [his girlfriend's father's farm], which was about 30 or 45 minutes later."

When the hellish ordeal was finally through, Munoz was taken to the hospital. His treatment included some stitches in the back of his head, and he was released later that day. To see photos of his injuries, click here or here.

"They had bitten me so bad that I've had difficulty lifting my arms," Munoz told Forum. "The only thing keeping me going right now is the medication."

Munoz said he heard from a friend that the owner of the dogs that attacked him often leaves them unrestrained. He made no bones about his plans for a civil lawsuit.

"This caused me so much physical and emotional pain, and I am lucky to be alive, but I want to get a lot of this [lawsuit]," Munoz told Forum. "I'm glad this happened to me and I lived so I can do something so this never has to happen to anyone else. This can be a way to spread awareness."

No criminal charges have yet been filed in connection with the incident. (UPDATE -- the owner of the dogs has been arrested.)

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21 comments
Angie Larson
Angie Larson

I don't care what kinds of dogs they are! People around my area do this all the time. They can't take care of or don't want to take care of their dogs anymore so they drive them way out into the country and dump them off. When you take an animal that is used to being taken care of and leave them to fend for themselves they are going to form a "pack" to survive, it is basic survival skills folks.

Nik Gieske
Nik Gieske

Kelly this IS the dogs fault. The owner didnt bite this dude????

Nik Gieske
Nik Gieske

Y is it than every dog attack story involves rotts/pits????? My mom works at the children's hospital and she says every attack is ether a rott or Pitt and sometimes pugs.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Where's a Hawthorne Police officer when you need one?

Lori Carlson
Lori Carlson

I love that the accompanying photo is of dogs playing at a doggy social hour.

Kelly Yarke Dombroske
Kelly Yarke Dombroske

1st off it's NOT the dogs fault....It's the owner of the dogs fault....Not sure why the dogs attacked, I'm sick of Rotts and Pit's having a bad rap, I have owned both and they are the BEST dogs...

Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

8-9 dogs, 45 minutes and he got a few stitches...wasn't that brutal. Also, "...but I want to get a lot of this [lawsuit]," Munoz told Forum. Sounds like a real winner.

Andrew Wong
Andrew Wong

Expert K9 detectives "Baja Men" called in to investigate the whereabouts of the person and or persons whom allowed these dogs to roam free.

Nik Gieske
Nik Gieske

These dogs were attacking him because he had drugs, he even said the pitbull stopped bothering him when he handed the weed over.

Andrew Wong
Andrew Wong

Dog racism is certainly on par with human racism. Where is our MLK9?

Brandy Lehto
Brandy Lehto

Great sensationalist journalism. I didn't even get past the first line "including a rottweiler," before I was pissed off. I can see your next article now: "Kid beat up on the playground, by a pack of bullies, including an Asian." Ugh.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

I remember my first dog. Kevin Del Shane

meesh427
meesh427

@Nik Gieske No, it's the fault of the owner for not controlling his dogs and not training them properly.  Those dogs should not have been let out to roam around.  I hope the lawsuit teaches them a lesson and thank god no one was killed.  

laceymallick
laceymallick

Excuse me but he has a few stitches cause you can't stitch dog bites due to infection. He has open wounds all over and extensive Bruising. Can't lift his arm or barely walk. Want to see pics? I'm his aunt and can send them to you. And grammatical error is because of the paper. Not him. Thanks for having sympathy

laceymallick
laceymallick

Haha that's so funny actually, cause me and this guy that supposedly had drugs figured that's what people would think when they saw the papers written error

laceymallick
laceymallick

He is incarcerated now. Thank god. And a real lunatic. You should Google his picture :/

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