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On Friday afternoon, San Antonio locals Ramon Najera and his wife Juanita Najara, 74, were visiting the 2800 block of Depla Street to get some clothes tailored by a seamstress.
Ramon, an Air Force veteran, was on dialysis but wasn’t letting that keep him from going back to his job. He was about to return to work in security and needed his work clothes adjusted, but that fateful trip became his last — and was nearly his wife’s last, as well.
The person they were meeting wasn’t home, and it was as the couple returned to their car that at least two dogs escaped from the neighboring fenced yard and ran for them.
Juanita was almost back to the car but saw the dogs rush her husband and went to help, and they turned on her. According to a post by Juanita’s son, Carlos Gomez, Ramon then did everything within his power to save his wife, but lost his own life in the process.
A bystander tried to help by spraying the dogs with a hose and using a rake to try to get them off Ramon, who had fallen. The good Samaritan was also attacked and injured by the dogs, according to KSAT.
San Antonio firefighters arrived and three of them used pickaxes and pike poles to fight off the dogs, during which time the fire captain was also attacked and injured.
When the dogs were finally subdued, they and a third dog owned by the same person — 31-year-old Christian Alexander Moreno — were taken and euthanized that night.
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