Detroit father on life support, arm amputated after being mauled by 3 dogs

Feb 1, 2024 | Political News

A Michigan father is in critical condition after he was brutally mauled by three dogs on Monday. The attack resulted in Harold Phillips's right arm being amputated and the euthanization of the dogs involved.

It has been revealed that these dogs were involved in three prior biting incidents, including one involving a small child.

On Monday night, Phillips was walking home from the bus stop on W Chicago near Longacre Street when he was attacked.

Roy Goodman, the owner of the dogs, told WXYZ that the dogs had escaped from his home in West Detroit when they mauled Phillips. Goodman admitted that one of the “vicious” canines should have been put down before this attack occurred.

“After the child situation, the one dog should have definitely been put down,” said Goodman.

According to Animal Control, the incident in which a child was bitten by one of the Goodmans' dogs in 2021 was deemed “provoked” and the resulting injury was categorized as “non-severe.”

A Detroit Animal Care and Control spokesperson stated that the couple was fined and the dog had been quarantined and later returned to them. Additionally, the spokesperson mentioned that the dog in question was among the three dogs who were involved in the attack on Harold Phillips.

Roy Goodman was charged in January 2021 with neglecting to prevent an animal from engaging in nuisance/threatening behavior, a misdemeanor, according to court records. He pleaded guilty, but the matter was dismissed later that year for unknown reasons.

Additionally, Roy Goodman's wife had been charged with a misdemeanor in 2021 for having too many dogs. The City of Detroit only permits two dogs per household, according to animal control.

Goodman's spouse was often listed as a no-show in court documents while the case against her proceeded. She eventually had an arrest warrant issued for her, and that warrant is reportedly still in effect.

Goodman's dogs also attacked a contractor and another adult in two other incidents. The attack on Phillips was the fourth.

The three dogs involved in the attack have been euthanized and a fourth dog belonging to the Goodmans is in confinement, according to a spokesperson for Detroit Animal Care and Control.

Roy Goodman said that he wanted that one dog who attacked the child to be euthanized back then but told the outlet: “My wife and the animal control did what they did and got him released. They returned to my wife and when I decided to stay with my wife, I had to accept that she kept that dog.”
 

Goodman and his wife are each facing multiple charges that include not having licensed dogs, no proof of rabies vaccines, being over the limit of two dogs per household, and failing to prevent dangerous/menacing behaviors in their dogs. Each violation is a $500 fine, according to the outlet.

Phillips, who is the father of six kids, was rushed to Corewell Health (Beaumont) in Dearborn and remains fighting for his life.

His wife, Shauntaye Phillips, created a GoFundMe page to help with expenses and said: “He is an amazing father and a good husband who takes pride in his family.”

The Post Millennial reached out to Detroit Animal Control and the Mayor's Office for comment.