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Posted on: January 30, 2018

1/30/2018 - Couple Found Guilty in Dog Attack Case

San Antonio, Texas, January 30, 2018: Last week, jurors found Alphonso McCloud and Sanyelle McCloud guilty of a 2017 dog attack that left 73-year- old widow Doris Mixon-Smith with an amputated left arm above the elbow.  The jury in the 187th District Court sentenced McCloud, age 28, to 4 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Sanyelle McCloud, age 30, is pending sentencing by Judge Joey Contreras early next month.


On March 6th, 2017, relatives of the defendants called 911 to request police because the defendant’s 80 pound pit-bull was attacking their next door neighbor, Doris Mixon-Smith as she was working on the flowerbed in her yard.  Officers arrived on location during the attack, and shot the animal three times, killing the animal. Mixon-Smith was evacuated to University Hospital where her left arm was amputated above the elbow, due to the severe nature of her injuries from the attack.  The investigation revealed that the dog had a history of biting others to include a cable repair man in October 2016 and members of the defendant’s household.  The defendants also acknowledged that the animal had been able to get out of the fenced yard twice in the past, but no obvious point of escape was discovered in this incident. 


During the trial, prosecutors learned that six months before moving next door to Doris Mixon-Smith, the defendants had been evicted from a rental property for lying about the number of dogs they had, including the pit-bull. On Monday, the day of the sentencing, prosecutors learned that the couple still had two pit-bulls at their current residence.


Assistant District Attorneys Daryl Harris and Nicole Phillips from the District Attorney’s Special Crimes Division prosecuted the case against the McClouds’ in the 187th District Court



Dangerous dog attack – causing Serious Bodily Injury is a third degree felony, punishable by 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and up to a $10,000 fine.

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