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Dog attack leaves man badly hurt
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A homeless man sustained critical injuries Monday morning when he was attacked by approximately five or six dogs in a Ustick Avenue peach orchard west of Ceres.

The attack happened just before noon, said Royjinder Singh, a spokesman with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

Singh said the attack was between Don Pedro Road and Whitmore Avenue.

The bloodied man had stumbled near the road when he was spotted by motorists who called 911. When authorities arrived the man told them what happened.

The identity and age of the man was not available but he is from the Antioch area, said Singh. The victim said he went into the orchard to relieve himself when he saw the dogs aggressively approach him. He tried to run away but was attacked and bitten numerous times around the neck and face. When he threw up his arms to guard his face the dogs began to bite them.

"They chewed up his arms severely," said Singh. "He is in critical condition with skin, muscle and tissue damage on all four extremities."

The man was taken by Medi-Flight to a Modesto hospital and then transported to a Bay Area hospital in an attempt to save his arms.

Sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter around the rural location and found five dogs, all of which splattered with the man's blood. They were corraled and taken to the county Animal Shelter where they were tested for disease. Singh said the dogs would be put down.