Hawaii Man Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs Who Attacked Him on the Street

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An elderly man was attacked and killed a man in Hawaii on Tuesday, according to police.

A witness told police he heard a commotion outside his home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates residential subdivision on Tuesday morning, officials said. He chased the dogs away after he saw a man being attacked in the roadway.

The victim was unconscious when officers arrived just before 9 a.m. local time. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries. The victim has not yet been identified. An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

Police: Attack was 'Horrific,' Unprovoked

"There is currently no evidence that the victim provoked this horrific attack," Hawai'i Island Police Chief Ben Moszkowicz said. "This incident is a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided."

The dogs' owners were not home at the time of the attack, but they've since surrendered all four dogs along with a litter of 10 puppies to the Hawai'i County Animal Control and Protection Agency, officials said. Police are looking into claims that the four dogs had previously been reported as stray animals.

Dog Owners Facing 10 Years in Prison

Officers are investigating the attack as a possible case of negligent failure to control a dangerous dog. Local law makes it a felony crime if someone fails to take reasonable measures to prevent an unprovoked dog attack resulting in serious bodily injury or death. The dog owners, if convicted, could face up to a $25,000 fine, 10 years in prison, restitution and/or the humane euthanization of the dogs involved.

There have been several deadly dog attacks across the U.S. this year. A 6-year-old boy died in a Florida dog attack in July. In May, a woman was killed and an 8-year-old child was injured in a dog attack in Indiana, as previously reported. In Iowa, a baby was killed and a woman was seriously injured earlier in May.