UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- It was an accident that shocked a quiet neighborhood in the 2800 block of Braemar Street.
A pit bull attacked an 88-year old man in his own back yard.
But neighbor Bill Hayward, who made the call to 911, said the dogs have always been contained.
"In fact I've never seen that other dog out walking or on a, you know, in the neighborhood. In fact that dog seemed to be a mostly backyard dog. If they did take it out, I had never observed it," said Hayward.
Waco has an ordinance against uncontained animals and though this violates that law, officials said it was an accident.
Because the dogs were fenced in and chewed their way through the gate the owners are not at fault.
But Waco Animal control Supervisor Joel Sanchez said a situation like this is a prime example of why maintaining your fence is critical.
"If you're going to have animals make sure that your fence is solid. A lot of fences especially the wooden fences, um, they tend to, um, deteriorate in this weather," said Sanchez.
He said to take extra precaution if you have naturally aggressive dogs.
"Consider a kennel. You know have them kenneled even if they're in a secure and closed backyard. Dogs still can climb fences. They can still of under fences."
Other city ordinances for animals include a required rabies vaccination, tags displayed on the collar at all times and the intact animal permit which must be obtained if you wish to breed your animal.