Mauled by chihuahuas, man survives attack but not shame

by Victor Payan on January 5, 2012 in Cultura, El Now, Pocho Ñews Service


These "puppies of interest" were questioned and later released by Animal Control officers after some nice tummy rubs and kissies.

(PNS reporting from FRESNO) A Fresno man who survived a relentless attack by chihuahuas last month took his own life Monday after weeks of even more relentless humiliation over the incident by friends, family members and total strangers.

Thirty-seven-year-old Perry Tochico was walking home from Dos Dudes from Detroit, a popular Mexican “casual dining” restaurant when, he said, a pack of vicious canines surrounded him and brought him to the ground in a scene straight out of Animal Planet.

Tochico sustained slight injuries to the ankles in the attack, which he told police had involved no fewer than ten dogs of various breeds, including doberman pinschers and at least one pitbull.

But none of Tochico’s descriptions could counter the humiliating details of the attack, which were captured on a  now-deleted viral video and became an international sensation via Facebook.

In the video, a high-pitched Tochico is heard shrieking “Dear God, no!   My ankle!” and “Hey, turn off the camera, man!” as  five chihuahuas wrestled him to the ground before finishing him off with a series of ferocious bites to the nose.

Despite Tochico’s insistence that the chihuahuas were large, aggressive and had perhaps been “Africanized,” Animal Control officers on the scene reported that the dogs were petite and could only be described as “adorable.”  The largest dog, a chocolate applehead named Frida, weighed only six pounds.

Close friends say Tochico struggled with the stigma and intense ribbing that usually follows chihuahua attacks, and while he survived the mauling by pint-sized pooches, he lost his battle with self-esteem this week.

“He left the world a broken and bewildered man, afraid of the sound of yapping,” a family spokesman told reporters outside the deceased’s home.

Tochico’s body was found in his garage by a gardener, and judging from the needle in his arm, he died of a self-inflicted steroid overdose.

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Photo by Toranja Azul.


billiam October 19, 2012 at 4:44 AM

My neighbour Larry say,s Hes seen packs of wild chihuahuas across the lake.They were taking down a moose.Ever since they got here I notice we have a lot less wolves.

drblais April 17, 2013 at 7:15 AM

yet more proof why little dogs should be banned not pitt bulls

Atilla May 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Yes drblais please spew more of your incredibly stupid thoughts. Pitbulls account for some 70% of FATALITIES by dog attack in the US. But yea let’s ban a dog you can drop kick about 30 yards. Was just reading a story recently about a little girl in BC Canada that was saved from a PITBULL by a chihuahua.

Lexi March 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

that statistic is incorrect first of all. in the 80’s people blamed german shepards and in the 90’s it was rottweilers. It’s in how they are rasied… look at societies children. same instance… its all in how they are raised. You put a dog on a chain or teach it to be evil and it will be they are animals. You need to brush up on your knowledge or keep your ignorant mouth shut!

Amy January 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

There has been sooo many more saved lifes by pitbulls than there ever will be by chihuahua but it all depends on how an animal is raised, fixed, chained, provoked, and if they are around other animals. I work with animals every day and have been biten by so many different breeds.

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