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19-Year-Old Attacked by Several Dogs



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A 19-year-old Fargo man is suffering from severe infectious bites after being attacked by a pack of dogs while walking to a friend's home in Warsaw, North Dakota.
 
The dogs are owned by 59-year-old Pete Grzeskowiak, who is now in custody charged with obstruction and two counts of mistreating animals after police searched his property.

A veterinarian euthanized four dogs and police destroyed eight dogs after Grzeskowiak was removed from his home.
 
"I thought I was going to die," says 19-year-old John Munoz who now lays in a hospital bed at Essentia Health.

He's being monitored for infection after being mauled by a pack of dogs while walking to a friend's home in Warsaw, North Dakota.
 
Munoz says, "I started hearing barking and I heard dogs coming at me. It was hard to tell because it was dark. I didn't know if the dogs were in the yard or if they were restrained so I was going to keep my distance."
 
Munoz says eight to ten dogs, including Rottweilers and pit bulls, attacked him, pulling his bag which he tried using to defend himself.
 
"They were still attacking me. I don't know what gave me the strength to get up. I kept swinging my hands at my legs, trying to keep them away from my feet but they kept getting me and getting me."
 
Munoz says he made one last attempt at defending himself, fending off the dogs by throwing rocks at them.
 
"I thought it was my time to die and I gave up hope. I was just going to lay there and let them eat me," says Munoz.
 
Covered in severe bites head to toe, he made it to his friend's home and taken to the hospital where he received stitches and rabies shots.

The owner of the dogs is 59-year-old Pete Grzeskowiak.

Police searched his property where several more dogs were found.

Grzeskowiak slit the throat of one of his dogs after four were euthanized by a veterinarian.
 
Grzeskowiak refused to give up any more of his animals.
 
He was then brought into custody and transported to Walsh County Correctional Center.
 
With the man in custody and more dogs to be found, Munoz has more than the memory of a night he almost didn't escape.
 
He says, "I want to do everything I can because I experienced so much. I don't want anyone else to experience that."
 
Munoz plans to file a lawsuit against Grezeskowlak, wanting him to pay for his stay at Essentia Health along with everything he's had to go through.
 
Two Rottweilers are still inside the residence.

Authorities believe smaller size dogs ran off during the property search.
 
They say the dogs are not believed to be dangerous but if anyone sees suspicious stray dogs, call 701-352-2041.
     

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