Iowa man used pit bull to attack others, killed dog when it turned on him, police say

Iowa man used pit bull to attack others, killed dog when it turned on him, police say
Juan Carlos Moreno-Martinez faces several charges, including animal neglect and trespassing. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

ANKENY, Iowa — An Iowa man is accused of using a pit bull to attack people at a party, then killing the animal when it turned on him, authorities said.

Juan Carlos Moreno-Martinez, 33, of Ankeny, was charged with assault, animal neglect, trespassing and probation violations, KCCI reported.

According to the Ankeny Police Department, the incident occurred June 6 during a party. A police report said Moreno-Martinez unlawfully entered the property and retrieved the pit bull, according to KCCI. Police said Moreno-Martinez agitated the dog, which ultimately attacked three people, the television station reported.

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The animal then bit Moreno-Martinez in the arm and leg, causing injuries that required a trip to the hospital, WOI reported. After the dog attacked him, Moreno-Martinez said he fatally stabbed it in the animal’s head and neck, police said.

Moreno-Martinez was arrested Thursday and taken to the Polk County Jail, KCCI reported.