A Calaveras County businessman was killed by two of his friend's pit bulls, and the employee is now facing charges, according to authorities.
Mountain Ranch resident Jerry Yates, 69, was attacked on his own property after his employee, tenant and friend's pit bulls escaped their cages.
Yates' son found his body lying between two cars on the property parking area. The son was also attacked after finding the body, but was able to escape.
Deputies said they found a lot of blood on the two vehicles and saw obvious signs Yates was trying to escape when he died.
Friends described Yates as a valued member of the Mountain Ranch community and said the loss would be difficult to bear.
"Truck broke down? Jerry'd come and help you," said friend Doug Josef. "This isn't the way he should've went."
Calaveras County Sheriff's deputies said the pit bulls' owner was arrested and charged with owner neglect and having an animal that caused human death.
The two pit bulls were euthanized by Calaveras County animal control.