Children of man mauled, killed by pit bulls speak out

Dog owner charged after dogs maul, kill man
Published: Sep. 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM CDT
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(WMC) - A Mississippi man is dead after he was mauled by several pit bulls over the weekend.

A driver passing by found David Glass Sr. on Saturday. He was lying in a ditch by his house, covered in bites from the attack.

The dogs' owner, Eric Hodges, is charged with culpable negligent manslaughter in Glass' death.

Glass' children were still trying to come to grips with the news on Monday.

"It hadn't really just set in that my dad's gone and I'll never, never get a chance to talk to him again," said his daughter, Marietta Glass.

His son of the same name drove all the way up from Starkville, Miss. to be with his father after he was flown to a Memphis hospital. His family thought he would pull through, but the attack was too much.

"This is unreal to know that I just talked to him on the phone," David Glass Jr. said.

Investigators seized three pit bulls that were running loose; they later returned for three more that were tied up.

Hodges is charged with culpable negligent manslaughter. He was released on a $25,000 bond. He had no comment Monday morning.

The dogs are in Marshall County and could be euthanized if tests show they were involved in the attack.

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson knew Glass Sr. and said he was very active at two churches in the community, Hudsonville Church and Sand Hill Church.

"I feel like I am a better man for having known him," Dickerson said.

David said his father helped him become a man, and he'll miss not being able to call him.

"That father son bond will just never grow old, I mean I'm going to miss that a ton just to pick up the phone and hear his voice and encouraging words," he said.

Glass Sr. told investigators he was walking to a friend's grave before the attack.

His family still has plenty of questions, but right now, they're just trying to hold each other up as they prepare to bury their loved one.

"It's going to be hard, but he loved us all, we know that, it's just he gone too soon, he gone too soon," Glass Jr. said.

The Benton County sheriff says they will likely try passing a new ordinance for some type of animal control law.

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