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Autopsy confirms Calaveras pit bull victim bled to death

1:51 PM, Aug 25, 2010   |    comments
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SAN ANDREAS, CA - A 69-year-old Calaveras County man who was mauled by two pit bulls on Sunday bled to death, according to the sheriff's department.

Calaveras County sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo said that although Jerry Yates suffered dog bites all over his body, the autopsy determined the official cause of death was the severing of a brachial artery, the main blood vessel of the upper arm.

Macedo said Yates also suffered defensive wounds in his struggle with the dogs.  "He was trying to protect himself," Macedo said.

Macedo said the autopsy also showed the dogs continued biting Yates even after he had died, and that there were no underlying medical conditions that contributed to his death.

The two pit bulls belonged to a tenant who lives in a trailer on Yates' property in rural Mountain Ranch.  The tenant, Sheryl Sellers, 49, authorized the sheriff's department to euthanize the dogs on Monday.  Sellers faces a single felony charge of allowing vicious animals at large.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

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