OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma man is arrested for second-degree manslaughter almost a year after his five pit bulls killed a man.
The victim’s family worried the owner would never be held responsible.
The brutal mauling took place in the backyard of a home near S.W. 38th and Pennsylvania Ave. in southwest Oklahoma City on October 6, 2015.
“He was on the ground, one behind his neck, couldn’t do anything but yell help, help, help. That’s all he could do. Couldn’t do nothing else,” said Brown’s brother, Dexter Brown.
Edgar Brown, 60, somehow survived the attack and was transported to the hospital where he survived for 12 days.
Brown says his brother’s injuries were horrible.
“This was torture. My brother was like getting eaten alive. Can you imagine getting eaten alive?” said Brown.
Doctors had to amputate both of Brown’s legs and then told the family there was the possibility of amputating a hand and the other arm as well.
“I had to say, yeah, keep cutting them limbs off or pull the plug on him. That’s my own brother. I love my brother,” said Brown.
Juan Marcos Diaz was arrested on Wednesday, charged with second-degree manslaughter by animal allowed at large by its owner.
The Brown family is relieved that something is finally being done.
“Get the people to understand that if you got a dog and it gets out and kills somebody, you go to jail,” said Brown.
The family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Diaz, even though they know they’ll probably never see a dime.
Diaz had no homeowner’s insurance to help pay medical bills, but the family's attorney says this is about sending a message.
“That if you are going to have these types of dogs and they hurt somebody, you’re not going to be able to hide behind the fact that you don’t have any money and you don’t have any insurance, so everybody’s going to leave you alone,” said Attorney Noble McIntyre.
Diaz received five different municipal citations after the attack.
His next court date has not yet been set.