Metamora Man Mauled to Death in Vicious Dog Attack

On July 23rd, a Metamora Township man was mauled to death by two large dogs who escaped from their owner’s home. Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia, was jogging near his work around 5:30 p.m. when he was blindsided by two cane corsos, a breed of dog that averages around 100 pounds.  Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.

According to police reports, this is the third incident involving the same dogs since 2012. Under Michigan law, involuntary manslaughter charges may be brought against the owner of the dog.  The Michigan Statute for criminal charges related to dog attacks is 287.321.:

(a) “Dangerous animal” means a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog that bites or attacks and causes serious injury or death to another dog while the other dog is on the property or under the control of its owner.

Bob Lantzy,  the dog bite lawyer at our firm, was contacted by the Detroit News for comment.   The newspaper reported the tragedy last week.    The family should also consider filing a Michigan Wrongful Death lawsuit.   A full investigation of the civil claim should include obtaining all prior dog bite complaints and all prior criminal and civil charges filed against the dog owners.  Based upon news reports, it is terrible that the dogs were not previously removed by animal control.


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