Alabama Man Almost Killed by Pack of Dogs in 'Horrific' Attack

An Alabama man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition this week after being mauled by a pack of dogs outside his home.

Eric Roney, 33, suffered puncture wounds across his entire body during the attack on Monday morning in Chunchula, Mobile County. A family member has said he remains sedated and was placed on a ventilator.

Roney will need surgeries including reconstructive procedures to his face and ears, but these cannot be carried out yet because his condition is not stable, his family told news outlet WALA.

The victim's relatives said the man was set upon by at least five dogs during a "horrific" attack and sustained "hundreds" of wounds, according to WALA.

It is believed the dogs were of mixed hound breeds. "There's hardly a place on his body that's not eaten," said Myland Johnson, the victim's grandfather.

Johnson told WALA his son Donald had heard noises outside at about 2 a.m and initially thought the dogs had spotted a bear. But when he went to investigate, he saw Eric "on the ground in a fetal position and the dogs just eating on him."

Relatives said doctors told the victim's mother to contact family members because they thought it was possible he would not survive his injuries.

Mobile County Animal Control said it had not been determined how many of the canines mauled the man, but they seized seven dogs believed to be responsible from a home on nearby Diane Lane. It said all seven would be tested for rabies before being euthanized.

A relative of the dogs' owner, who was not identified by name, told WALA they had been trained as guard dogs and had escaped after an electric fence lost power.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office told WKRG the man remained in a serious condition and the department would consider the case as criminal if he died.

Newsweek has contacted the sheriff's office for additional information.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by Traci Pritchard, the victim's sister, to cover medical bills and expenses. It has raised $1,130 of a $10,000 target from 23 donors as of Thursday.

"He has a long road to recovery," the GoFundMe page read. It includes one image of the bloodied victim on a ventilator in hospital and another taken before the attack.

Pritchard has been contacted for comment by Newsweek.

A neighbor of the victim, Crystal Pettway, told WKRG that she and her own pets had previously had an encounter with the same dogs.

Pettway said: "I'm angry because something should have been done about this a long time ago, this is a human error. This is 1000 percent preventable. All it takes is a fence, a leash, training, anything besides letting them run loose especially when you have been told over and over by multiple people about their behavior."

Barking german shepherd stock photo
Stock photo of a barking German shepherd. An Alabama man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition this week after being mauled by a pack of dogs outside his home. The dogs' breeds are not yet known.