The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving a 43-year-old Payne Springs man who was hospitalized after he was bitten by multiple pit bulls on Monday.
Mikel Christopher Kirkpatrick, 43, has been at East Texas Medical Center since he was injured.
Captain Bryan Tower said the victim had bite marks and lacerations from his upper body to his lower extremities. Kirkpatrick was in the intensive care unit at last report.
Tower said Kirkpatrick was found outside his residence on Lake Arrowhead Drive by someone who had heard noises. He was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City by EMS.
According to information from HCSO, one animal was seized on the day of the attack and placed in quarantine. Animal Control Officer John Haverly seized two more pit bulls later in the week, thought to be involved in the mauling.
Tower said the investigation into the mauling is ongoing. Authorities haven’t determined what will become of the dogs.
In 2014, the HCSO transported 570 domestic animals (dogs and cats) to the Henderson County Humane Society in Athens and the Cedar Creek Lake Humane Society in Tool.