Dog attack: Family of man killed by pit bull wants answers, action


UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (May 2):  The family of Maurice Brown wants answers and justice from the investigation into the death of the 60-year-old, fatally mauled by a pit bull in the 300 block of Middle Street on April 25.

The funeral for Brown was held at Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton. A second ceremony was held at the Dayton VA cemetery to honor Brown as an Air Force veteran.

“Any animal that takes a human life and has a known capability to do that is something we can’t come to grips with,” said David Brown, Maurice’s brother. 

He said the family is looking for answers and would like to see tougher rules and regulations on pit bull ownership.

A Dayton police spokesperson said the case is under investigation and there is no new information.

Pit bulls should be “treated as an exotic animal,” David said, because of the threats they pose and Maurice’s death hopefully will start a dialogue to prevent this from happening to someone else.

David said his family is Christian and willing to forgive the responsible parties but that person or family must be held accountable for their actions.

MAURICE BROWN THE ARTIST

He worked as a metallurgist after moving to California. He also was a talented musician, performing alongside the Ohio Players, Slave and other bands.

Brown moved back to Dayton in 1999 and volunteered for various organizations. He was deeply religious and played drums for multiple churches.

“He was always preaching to us about how to live and do right and dream. That was his big one: Dream big,” David Brown said. “He was an artist. He gave up some lucrative opportunities to pursue his dream and that was something I always looked up to.”

Family members said Maurice Brown’s death is especially tragic and hard to cope with because of the way in which he died.

EARLIER REPORT

Maurice Brown, fatally attacked by a pit bull Tuesday, was described by his brother as a “smell the roses type guy.”

David Brown said his brother lived near the scene of the mauling and went for walks nearly every day. He would often collect cans on his walks.

"What we know is from what detective told us, that he was walking down the alley, a dog broke loose and attacked him and they struggled for several minutes before someone called 911 and got help," David Brown said. 

RELATED: 9-1-1 CALL: Dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has ruled Maurice’s death an accident with the immediate cause being severe blood loss — clinically referred to as exsanguination due to extensive soft tissue trauma.

Animal Resource Center officials said a week ago that an owner of the pit bull had not been identified. Three additional dogs from the Middle Street home are being housed by ARC. 

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