Dog owner charged after his pit bulls maul 9-year-old boy

Jose Americo Garcia // Hidalgo County Jail Photo

A dog owner is out on bond after his mixed-breed pit bulls mauled a 9-year-old boy on a rural road just outside Progreso.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 37-year-old Jose Americo Garcia on Friday afternoon.

The Progreso man was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail under an attack by dog resulting in serious bodily injury charge.

Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that the boy was attacked off Skysoldiers and Baker Roads on January 15th.

A passerby called 911 when he saw the three dogs mauling the boy.

Deputies learned that the dogs belonged to Garcia and that they were always loose around his house, which does not have a fence.

Records show that the boy had severe injuries to his right arm and legs that could result in permanent scars or disfigurement.

Garcia was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail on Friday but released a short time later after posting a $25,000 dollar bond.

Hidalgo County Animal Control officials picked up the animals, which are in custody at the Palm Valley Animal Control shelter in Edinburg.

A judge issued an order to euthanize the three dogs late Wednesday afternoon.

Palm Valley Animal Control Director Robert Russell confirmed that the three animals were put to sleep.