Witnesses Testify In Fatal Dog Attack Case

CBS Detroit

LAPEER (AP) — A witness told a judge during a preliminary examination for the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a jogger that he had to shoot at the animals to make them flee.

Edward Elmer testified Friday in Lapeer District Court that he was mowing his lawn on July 23 when the two cane corsos attacked Craig Sytsma on a Metamora Township road, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported.

Elmer said he yelled to his girlfriend, Helen Barwig, to get a gun when one of the dogs looked menacingly at him. The two dogs ran off after he shot at one of them, Elmer said.

Barwig testified that she used paper towel to try to stem Sytsma’s bleeding, but the blood “was pouring out, gushing out.”

“At one point he said they got an artery and he was going to die,” Barwig said.

Sytsma, 46, later…

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