DNA may be key to solving fatal dog attack case

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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis woman whose husband died after a suspected dog attack is reeling from the loss. Melvina Moore said her husband, Dennis, went for a nighttime walk but never came home.

“He was two blocks away and he lay there all night,” she said.

Melvina said she and Dennis recently celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary.

“He showed me so much love,” she said. “He just supported everything I did.”

She said she worked nights while Dennis took his routine walk. He was found dead, apparently with dogs still surrounding him in an alley near Shreve and San Francisco avenues in the Penrose neighborhood of northern St. Louis.

“I think he thought it was a shortcut that day,” she said.

Investigators believe the attack happened between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Melvina said a 92-year-old man spotted her husband and that man was also allegedly attacked but survived. She gave him credit for directing the police to the dogs and said investigators told her they were convinced they seized the good ones.

“They say they have some kind of DNA to prove they’re the right dogs,” she said.

Animal Control would not respond to questions about seized dogs, such as whether they were microchipped or registered and where they were found. Representatives were unresponsive via email or in person at the animal control office where someone slammed the door at FOX 2’s request to see the dogs.

“Do you have the right dogs, not just for the sake of my husband, but for the next human being?” Melvina asked. “It could be a baby. It could be a child in the garden.

Everyone in the area seemed to know the name, Dennis Moore.

“He was a good guy,” Kevin Robinson said. “He was always looking after me, asking me if I had enough water. He made a joke from time to time. Is it warm enough for you, postman? »

Stanley Strickland added that he was a “friend to everyone in the neighborhood”.

The medical examiner said he had completed the autopsy, but said it will take several weeks before the cause and circumstances of death can be determined. The circuit attorney’s office did not respond to FOX 2’s request for information on possible criminal charges.

As for other dangerous dog calls in this area of ​​the Penrose neighborhood, the Citizen’s Service Bureau has only reported two calls for service this year.

Alderman Sharon Tyus said she spoke to the owner of the dog in question, who told her that her dogs had escaped from a fenced yard.

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