Ed Mannon – a onetime homeless-rights advocate who gained national attention years ago trying to save his dog from execution – was so severely beaten last Thursday night that he required 47 stitches. The assailant broke Mannon’s jaw and several ribs, and shattered one of his eye sockets so badly that doctors at Cottage Hospital stitched that eye closed. Mannon’s friends contend Santa Barbara police failed to respond to warnings that Mannon’s life may be in danger, due to a longstanding relationship with his assailant. Police countered that Mannon refused to file a complaint against his tormentor or seek a restraining order. Though police have identified a suspect, no arrests have been made. Three years ago, Mannon made the news when Santa Barbara City Councilmember Brian Barnwell was attacked by pit bulls, one of whom belonged to Mannon.

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