Nelson Cabrera entered a private property where 3 Pitbulls mistook him for an intruder and viciously attacked him. Police tried to intervene but were too late as Cabrera passed away in a nearby hospital soon after.
Pitbulls have a naturally aggressive tendency, especially when they are raised to be watch-dogs and see an intruder on their property. Pitbulls are well-known to turn on other dogs and animals even ones that they are raised with. Experts attribute this negative trait to years of interbreeding the most aggressive dogs for dog-fighting.
Unfortunately for Nelson Cabrera, who happened to enter into a private property in the wee hours of the morning, there were 3 angry and violent Pitbulls who attacked him on sight. Nelson, who was just a day from turning 16 had apparently jumped the fence and into the backyard of a house in Irving, Texas. Irving Police said that it wasn't Nelson's house, so he was technically trespassing on private property. Needless to say, the 3 Pitbulls who belonged to Guillermo Lorenzo, the owner of the property, immediately pounced on poor Nelson and began mauling him.
Teen dies from pit bull attacks while trespassing in Texas backyard: The incident took place early Saturday morning as Irving, Texas police arrived to the scene in Irving. The teen was trespassing, the owner claimed. https://t.co/1fYlcgtvlh (via https://t.co/pdjwMdY5zw) pic.twitter.com/u3uo6WRQAP— Kenneth M. Cummings (@_KCummings_) August 12, 2019
Another death by Pit bulls . Although the teen should not have climbed the fence, dangerous attack dogs should be behind very high fencing. My own experiences has shown me some breeds can't be predicted on how they respond . https://t.co/YkKoepFsOE— LG Lew (@Linda7L) August 12, 2019
"The dogs were trying to attack the victim, and the officers put themselves in danger and jumped in between those dogs and the victim,” said IPD's Robert Reeves to Fox4news. When Irving Police, who were just in the vicinity heard the screams and barks, they rushed to the property to see what was happening.
The dogs then became even more violent and started to attack the officers as well. The police then had to use their firearms to defend themselves and try to save Nelson. One of the Pitbulls got shot in the process as the police managed to get Nelson, who was seriously injured to a hospital. Unfortunately for the poor lad, he succumbed to the injuries and passed away at the hospital. The pitbull who got shot had to be euthanized due to the severity of its own injuries while the other two were taken to a nearby animal shelter.
Attached is the updated media release regarding a dog attack that occurred yesterday. pic.twitter.com/GAHKWrItrH— Irving Police Dept. (@IrvingPD) August 11, 2019
Guillermo Lorenzo said that he was asleep at the time of the incident. He also told Fox News that he had noticed the boy around the neighborhood over the last few days and figured that he was homeless. “He told me he’s homeless and I wanted to help him out, actually,” Lorenzo said.
He added that his pets, Bella, Bruce and Little Bit, were only protecting their home and the teen should not have accessed his backyard. "He has no right to be in that yard. Nobody has a right to be in that yard. This is private property. That's why the fence is tall,' Lorenzo said.
The police have confirmed that Lorenzo will not be charged as the dogs were inside the backyard the entire time when the attack took place. The Daily Mail reported that Nelson's grandmother, Rosy Cabrera, posted a photo montage on Facebook following the news of her grandson's death.
Rosy added in the caption that "The happiest days of my life with my beautiful child, thank God for giving me these beautiful moments. Today would have been your 16th birthday I'm still in shock you were taken yesterday,"
Another animal put down because of a human's poor decision. Smh— Sol 🌙 (@Nico_Primo1) August 12, 2019
This incident is sure to leave a mark on all of us, urging us to be more aware of watch/guard dogs. Most dogs will exhibit warning signs, such as a quick movement or a growl, before resorting to using teeth. Pit bulls, like all other types of dogs, do not suddenly snap without reason. Pit bulls, however, bite more than any other breed. But as with any private property, it is highly inadvisable to enter without the owner's permission and presence.