Police confirm name of Kewanee man attacked and killed by dog, breed of dog

Mike Helenthal
Star Courier
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The man attacked and killed by a dog in his home last week has been identified, as has the breed of dog that killed him.

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Kewanee Police Chief Nicholas Welgat Monday confirmed Henry County Coroner's office information that the man killed in the incident was Juan Ruiz, 66 of 819 N. Vine Street, Kewanee.

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County Coroner Melissa Watkins said that no autopsy was performed as it was evident the man died from wounds sustained in the attack.

Police said Ruiz had tried to break up a fight between the dogs at his home last Monday. He reported the attack to his family, who was out of town and advised him to seek medical attention. When they returned around midnight, they found the man dead.

Welgat said Monday the breed of the attacking dog was a pit bull.

The chief said he and officers had planned to meet with the man's family Monday to finalize details of the case.

"We're still trying to figure out a few things this morning," he said.

The second dog, which also sustained injuries, is still being evaluated and treated for injuries, and could be released back to owners after 10 days.

Susan DeVilder contributed to this report.