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More dogs taken from house after attack on jogger

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Police and animal control officers have removed five dogs from a Michigan home where two other dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger were being kept. reports the dogs were taken Friday from the Metamora Township house. Police told the newspaper that the homeowner was not present when the five dogs were taken.

Craig Sytsma was attacked Wednesday evening by two cane corsos down the road from the home. He died of his wounds at a hospital.

"I would consider this instance rare, definitely. The person dying from his injuries of a dog bite, especially out here," said Metamora Township Police Chief David Mallett.

Police initially responded to the scene after dispatchers reported a shooting. It was then learned that the shots were fired by neighbors in an attempt to scare the dogs away from the man.

Sytsma had no identification on his person when he was found.

Sytsma was transported to McLaren Lapeer Regional Medical Center where he later died from injuries sustained.

Sytsma was employed by Eltro Services in Oakland County's Oxford Township.

The dogs' 45-year-old owner turned the two cane corsos over to authorities and could face charges in the attack on Sytsma, who lived in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.

Sytsma's stepson, Jordan Sytsma, tells the Detroit Free Press he believes the dogs "were looking to kill."

"It can't get any worse than this, when it takes a person's life, it's sad," said Metamora Township resident David Martin.

"To my opinion, it's the owner's fault. This should have never happened," said Martin's wife Tammy Martin.

According to people who live nearby, these dogs have attacked before, and at least twice.  The Martins told TV5 they had a close encounter of their own early this summer.

'When we seen them that one time coming down the driveway, we just booked it, because we couldn't compete with those dogs, and neither could this gentleman here," said David Martin.

Dan Petz's grandmother, who recently passed away, lived next door to the home where the dogs were.  He said the dogs came onto her property barking and growling on more than one occasion.

"Not surprised that it came from this house," said Petz.  "I'd think that most people would have their dogs chained up, or trained well enough, where you'll keep your dog on your own property."

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