Winters’ father, Michael Kywa, frantically dialed 911 just after 12:15 p.m. after returning to his home at 48385 state Route 511 — between Quarry and Baumhart roads near the Henrietta Township line — from the store to find his son in a pool of blood.
“My dogs attacked my son,” Kywa told a dispatcher during the call.
When asked if his son was breathing, Kywa replied that he wasn’t. He also said his son was covered in bites and probably dead.
“It’s all over the place, from head to toe,” Kywa told the dispatcher during a conversation in which he cried out several times in anguish.
Kywa, 63, also told the dispatcher that he couldn’t touch his son’s bloody body because Winters had AIDS.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Barker said that when deputies arrived, they fanned out across the sprawling 9.12*-acre property with members of county Dog Warden Jack Szlempa Sr.’s staff to deal with the dogs, two of which were shot when they approached deputies in an aggressive manner.
During the hours-long search of the fenced-in property for the dogs, neighbors were told to stay inside their homes and media were largely kept back from the scene because of safety concerns.
Seven other dogs were euthanised at the scene, Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said. A 10th dog that was inside the house at the time of the attack was spared, he said. Barker said authorities had no choice but to put down all of the dogs, which varied in size and breed, but included a mastiff and a Rottweiler.“All the dogs are going to be euthanised,” he said. “There’s no way to tell which ones were involved.”
Kywa didn’t object to the dogs being put down, Barker said.
The dogs will be tested for diseases, including rabies, Matus said.
Barker said the dogs — many of them strays taken in by Kywa — appeared to have been well-fed and well-cared for.
“These are family pets, they love their dogs,” he said.
A neighbor also said that the family took care of the dogs, and they weren’t vicious.