Homeowner finds intruder mauled to death outside Newnan home; dogs not put down

Deputies said no charges are expected against the homeowner.

Deputies said no charges are expected against the homeowner.

A Newnan resident returned home in late September and found a dead man lying on his front porch after his dogs attacked the intruder in the residence, authorities said. After the dogs were taken by animal control and the owner was uncertain if they would be allowed to live, they were returned days later.

On Sept. 25, Alex Abraha, 21, is believed to have been mauled by the large dogs at a Walt Sanders Road home in rural Newnan, sheriff’s office Investigator Toby Nix said. Evidence showed that Abraha tried to enter the home around 10:30 a.m. before being attacked, Nix added.

Investigators are unsure why Abraha was at the residence. The homeowner told deputies he did not know the man.

Deputies said no charges were expected against the homeowner and there have been no arrests.

The dogs were taken by Coweta County Animal Control the day of the incident and remained in quarantine for 10 days while authorities decided whether they would return home or be put down, a sheriff’s office records clerk confirmed. At the end of the quarantine, the two dogs were returned to their owner.