A 63 year old jogger was attacked by four Pit Bulls in Palmdale, California Thursday, and died from her injuries while being transported to the hospital.
Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told reporters that a woman witnessed the attack, honked her horn, and tried to scare off the dogs. As she attempted to help the woman jogger, she called 911.
“When the first deputy on scene saw one dog still attacking the woman, he tried to chase the dog away,” Corina said. “The dog ran off into the desert, then turned around and attacked the deputy, the deputy fired a round at the dog and tried to kill the dog, and the dog took off into the desert.”
The incident occurred north of Los Angeles in the high desert community of Littlerock, about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles, said Evelina Villa, county animal control spokeswoman.
The attack happened near 115th Street East and Avenue S in the unincorporated Littlerock area. A 25,000 dollar reward has been issued for “for information leading to the capture of the 4 killer pit bulls.”
The dogs are tan in color, and residents are advised to be aware of the animals who are considered dangerous. When dogs are in packs, they often resort to centuries old practices of protection and aggression.
The witness was unable to say if the dogs had collars.
“In these areas, you might have a situation where people dump animals out in rural areas,” said John Mlynar, a spokesman for the nearby city of Palmdale. He added that he’d never heard of an attack like Thursday’s.
Area residents said that dog attacks in the area are not unusual.
“It’s really scary,” Diane Huffman, of Littlerock, told KABC-TV. “I don’t know what to think. I really think I’m going to be getting a gun to protect myself.”
Four Pit Bulls were taken from a home near the area of the attack about 6:15 p.m., PDT. There are reports of women screaming, and two men being led away in a patrol car.
Thanks to NBC affiliate in Los Angeles for the recent update.
Columnist-The Guardian Express