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Pet pit bull fatally MAULS man who climbed into family's New Orleans home through window Sunday

 A man was mauled to death by a relative's pet pit bull over the weekend while climbing in through the window of their New Orleans home.

The 66-year-old man, who has not been publicly identified, climbed into a family member's home on South Claiborne Avenue at 6:41pm Sunday, according to WVUE

The residents came home to find the victim, who was authorized to be there, with wounds on both arms. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a coroner, said New Orleans Police spokesperson Juan Barnes.

The dog also had apparent blood on its fur from the attack, Barnes said, as fatal pit bull attacks on humans enter the double digits for 2021 in the US.

The Louisiana SPCA took custody of the dog as police continue to investigate the man's death.

The 66-year-old man climbed into a home belonging to relatives on South Claiborne Avenue (pictured) at 6:41pm Sunday

The 66-year-old man climbed into a home belonging to relatives on South Claiborne Avenue (pictured) at 6:41pm Sunday

The Louisiana Society for Preventing the Cruelty to Animals took custody of the dog (not pictured) as police continue to investigate the man's death

The Louisiana Society for Preventing the Cruelty to Animals took custody of the dog (not pictured) as police continue to investigate the man's death

The same day, a 59-year-old woman was fatally mauled by her family's two pet pit bulls around 6pm in West El Paso, Texas, Newsweek reports.

The details surrounding that deadly dog attack are still unclear. 

The woman's daughter discovered her body and authorities responded, according to the El Paso Police Department. They noted the animals appeared well-fed, with water and food bowls across the property, prompting questions about why they attacked. 

It is under investigation. 

There have been at least 11 fatal pit bull maulings so far this year in the US. Meanwhile, pit bulls killed 31 people in the first nine months of 2020 alone, or one person every nine days, according to the National Pit Bull Victim Awareness group.  


The majority of the victims were children under the age of two; 13 others were senior citizens, including two who were in a wheelchair. 

But while the breed is often thought of as aggressive, that kind of behavior is usually reserved for other dogs and not humans, said Sara Ondrako, certified dog behavior consultant and founder and CEO of the American Pit Bull Foundation.

Pit bulls are 'no more likely to bite or attack humans,' she recently told Newsweek. 

'They have been selectively bred over centuries to be human-friendly, despite also being bred for some dog-aggressive traits,' she added.  

A 59-year-old woman was fatally mauled by her family's two pet pit bulls around 6pm in West El Paso, Texas, Newsweek reports

A 59-year-old woman was fatally mauled by her family's two pet pit bulls around 6pm in West El Paso, Texas, Newsweek reports

While the breed is often thought of as aggressive, that kind of behavior is usually only reserved for other dogs and not humans, experts say

While the breed is often thought of as aggressive, that kind of behavior is usually only reserved for other dogs and not humans, experts say

The ASPCA echoed that, in spite of recent increases in fatal pit bull attacks on humans.

'These dogs have long been popular family pets, noted for their gentleness, affection and loyalty. And even those pit bulls bred to fight other animals were not prone to aggressiveness toward people,' the ASPCA states on its website.

'All dogs, including pit bulls, are individuals. Treating them as such, providing them with the care, training and supervision they require, and judging them by their actions and not by their DNA or their physical appearance is the best way to ensure that dogs and people can continue to share safe and happy lives together.'

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