"It was like something out of a graphic war movie or a horror movie"

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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SMITH COUNTY (KLTV) - The Smith County sheriff's department has an arrest warrant for Nolasco Gonzalez, but he is nowhere to be found. His neighbors say they've been living in fear, as well as the victim's husband who says life will never be the same again.

Sean Langston returned home last week to find his wife screaming and clinging to life.

"It was like something out of a graphic war movie or a horror movie," said Langston.

His wife Kristi, lay helpless after being mauled several times by a neighbor's pit bulls.

"She slightly raised her head and said, 'hunny, quit hollering, I'm still breathing I'm still here,'" he said. "I thought they were going to come back to finish me off."

Kristi remains hospitalized, and the pit bulls were laid down, but now, the sheriff's department needs your help catching the owner, Nolasco Gonzalez.

"We have gone to this individual's house numerous times," said Sheriff J.B. Smith. "The last 48 hours we've been unable to find him. We believe that he may be in Mexico."

However, the next door neighbor thinks they still may be in the East Texas area. Larry Goodwin spotted a group of men pulling up in pickups.

"[They could be] trying to slip in at nighttime and move stuff out," said Goodwin.

He believes they'll be back to get their cars. Goodwin also said the people living there were running a dog fighting ring.

"They had puppies in a pen and they were pitching them on one another and they were just hollering," said Goodwin. "The puppy that won the fight is the one the guy bought."

Langston is advocating for tougher laws. He wishes there could be more of a crack-down on irresponsible owners and aggressive dogs so other lives can be spared. He says Kristi is a fighter, but it'll be a long road to recovery.

"I think she's starting to realize that she's not going to be able to use her arms anytime in the near future and she's scared," he said.

Langston urges Gonzalez to come forward and take responsibility for the pain and suffering he created and unleashed.

"The only peace I'll find is when I get my Christy Back," he said.

If you'd like to help the Langstons, a medical fund has been set up. It's under the name Kristi Langston, and you can donate at any Bank of America location.