Two dogs were found running on the 1100 block of Nacimiento Avenue about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when police and fire officials arrived to discover a man and a woman both seriously injured in the attack, said Eric Anderson, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services manager.
The primary aggressor was determined to be a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. The other dog, a German shepherd, did not appear to be aggressive and is being held by its owner, Anderson said.
One of the victims, David Fear, 64, remained in critical condition in Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit Thursday, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson said. His next-door neighbor, Betty Long, 85, also was injured in the attack and was listed in fair condition in the hospital.
The man's brother, Steve Fear, says David suffered dog bites to his stomach and arms. The injuries are said to be so severe that the two arteries in his arms were severed, which contributed to him losing six pints of blood. Steve also says his brother has an infection from the bites and may lose his hands.
KSBY spoke with Long's family. They say she suffered a broken pelvis, a broken shoulder, and has staples in her head from falling. She also has dog bites on her body.
The dogs were pets owned by a Grover Beach police officer, Anderson said, and were not city-owned animals. Grover Beach does not have a police canine program, and the dogs aren’t certified by the city in any way, he said.
Yeah, but the owner has access to the people who train K9's for the police. They need to look into whether he trained these dogs for that purpose - even if they were to be maintained as 'personal pets'.
Fear’s family and neighbors on Nacimiento Avenue and Owens Court said Long was attacked first while standing outside her home with a small dog. Fear was trying to help her when the dog turned on him, causing severe injuries and blood loss.
Fear’s family said his arms were badly injured during the attack and that he may lose the use of his hand as a result.
Fear may be transferred to a hospital in Fresno or Los Angeles because of the extent of his injuries, relatives said. Doctors had not determined whether a transfer to another hospital was necessary, Yukelson said, but Fear wasn’t stable enough to be moved Thursday, anyway.
Diana Smaw, Fear’s sister-in-law, described him as “very caring.”
“He was trying to save a lady’s life,” she said.
Neighbor Windy Perry said she and her husband had socialized with Fear in the past and that he was a nice man.
“It’s tragic,” she said. “I hope for the best, for his full recovery.”
On Thursday afternoon, no one appeared to be home at the Owens Court house where neighbors said the two dogs lived. Manny Vega and others living on the cul-de-sac said the dogs’ owner had only lived in the neighborhood a short time, and the pets hadn’t caused problems in the past.
Anderson said the dog owner is cooperating with Animal Services, which is the lead investigative agency, and has secured the German shepherd pending the conclusion of the investigation and a determination on that dog’s possible involvement in the attack.
(The Tribune - Dec 15, 2016)