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Dog blamed in man's death
Autopsy shows that dog killed owner.

Date published: 6/15/2011

BY KEITH EPPS

An autopsy has confirmed that one of David Quyon Haigler's pit bulls was responsible for his death, police said.

Haigler, 38, was found dead Saturday at his home at 529 Olde Greenwich Circle in Spotsylvania County.

He was on the living room floor with obvious wounds to his arms, head and face, court records show.

Haigler was found by his 18-year-old son. Police were called about 6 p.m., but it is not clear how much earlier the attack had taken place. Haigler had last been seen early Saturday morning.

The 6-year-old pit bull accused in his death was loose in the home and initially would not let responding deputies in, Sheriff's Lt. Col. Michael Timm said. Animal control officers were called to assist.

The second dog, also 6 years old, was chained in another area of the home.

Timm said the medical examiner's investigation showed a clear indication of paw marks on the body and evidence of defensive wounds to Haigler's fingers and hands.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Spotsylvania Circuit Court states that the room was in disarray and there was a wooden baseball bat on a sofa near the body.

Blood was on the floor, on several pieces of furniture and on the walls, court records state.

Detective Twyla DeMoranville attended the autopsy Monday in Richmond, Timm said.

Timm said both of the pit bulls are being held at the county animal shelter. Their fates had not been determined as of yesterday.

Timm said the investigation is almost over, except for the pending results of a toxicology screening.

The death in a dog attack is the first in the area in several years.

In 2005, Dorothy Sullivan, 82, and her small Shih Tzu were mauled to death by a pack of roaming pit bulls outside their Partlow home.

That same year, a 4-year-old Orange County boy was killed by the family's Rottweiler at home.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com