Pit Bulls Euthanized After Mauling Death of Leesburg Man

Wednesday, August 12, 2009; 3:06 PM

The two pit bulls that killed a 20-year-old Leesburg man in his home Monday were euthanized Wednesday at the request of the victim's family, Loudoun County animal control officials said.

Authorities confirmed Tuesday that puncture wounds consistent with dog bites were the cause of death for Carter Delaney and a mixed-breed pug.

The two dogs, each about 4 years old, were registered to the victim's brother.

"We are thinking of the family involved, respecting their privacy and giving them time to mourn," said Laura Rizer, community outreach manager for Loudoun County Animal Care and Control.

The incident was the first human fatality from a dog attack in memory in Loudoun County, authorities said.

-- Dagny Salas

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