Sunday, January 14, 2018

California: One of the giant Pit Bulls which seriously injured man had reportedly attacked before

CALIFORNIA -- One of two pit bulls who mauled a man in his 70s last weekend allegedly attacked another person in 2016, a county official said Tuesday.

The victim was walking along El Cajon Boulevard near College Boulevard in the San Diego community of Rolando Sunday evening when the dogs attacked, said Dan DeSousa, director of the county’s animal services department.


The animals bit both the man’s arms and legs and he was taken to a hospital with “substantial injuries,” DeSousa said.

Witnesses who helped scare the animals away told investigators the pit bulls ran to a nearby property after the attack, but the dogs weren’t there when animal control officers arrived, officials said.

Neighbors say the dogs had been housed in this ramshackle
kennel for about two weeks, lunging at anyone who passed

Hours later, police officers found the animals running free in National City -- 11 MILES AWAY -- captured them and brought them to a shelter in Chula Vista.

Later, animal control officers relocated the pit bulls to a shelter on Gaines Street where it was determined that one of the dogs — named Ace — was micro-chipped.

The address on Ace’s chip was the same location the animals ran to after the attack, DeSousa said.

The giant black Pit Bull, which is about 4 years old, is known to animal control officers.

In December 2016, he reportedly bit someone. Then, in Oct. 2017, he was impounded as a stray. The other pit bull, a male named Goldy, doesn’t have a history of violence. He’s around 1 year old.

On Tuesday, the victim identified Ace and Goldy as the dogs who attacked him.

DeSousa said the county has “initiated the process to declare the two dogs to be dangerous,” a label that can be applied to any dog that attacks or seriously injures a person who is engaged in lawful activity.

Why wasn't the black dog declared dangerous the first time it attacked someone?

Ultimately, the county plans to euthanize the animals, he said. Getting to that point could take weeks if the owner objects.

(San Diego Union Tribune - Jan 9, 2018)


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