Newschannel 6 has learned that a man is facing charges in relation to a Pitbull attack that left a man in a Dallas ICU. Wichita Falls Police say they arrested Nekko Lazo, 19. He faces charges of Attack by Dog. A 3rd degree felony under the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Wichita Falls Police say Melvin Lewis, 48, was attacked around 8:30 p.m. on December 14, 2010. Two dogs came after him at a home near 10th and Kemp. He suffered multiple dog bites to the face, eyes, ears, arms and legs. Lewis underwent 14 hours of reconstructive surgery to his face.
Newschannel 6 has been digging for more answers about this arrest. WFPD initially carried the attack as an incident report. The investigation was left to Animal Control. Newschannel 6 has ask Lou Franklin with the Health Department for information about the case. Franklin required Newschannel 6 to submit a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act. The request we submitted was sent to the Wichita Falls City Attorney who challenged our request with the Texas Attorney General's Office. The City is seeking permission from the AG to not fulfill our request for details.
It was late Tuesday afternoon before we were able to obtain the probable cause affidavit. It says that Melvin Lewis told investigators that the dogs were so strong he gave up hope of survival. He does not remember anything more until he woke up in Parkland Hospital.
The affidavit says that the dogs were on the front porch and says that Lazo should be charged in the matter because he had care, custody and control of the animals when attack happened.
Newschannel 6 still has many questions for local officials about this case and what the history of filing charges in a situation like this are. We will press for answers in the coming days.