EASTVALE, CALIFORNIA Victim suffers serious injuries from ma

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Postby cheekymunkee » June 20th, 2008, 4:14 pm

Eastvale woman Victim suffers serious injuries from mauling
Karen Jonas, Staff Writer
Article Created: 06/19/2008 09:38:08 PM PDT

EASTVALE, CALIFORNIA - A woman was admitted to a hospital with serious injuries after being mauled by two Rottweiler dogs Thursday morning.

Both Rottweilers have been euthanized, according to officials at Riverside County Animal Services.

The victim, 42, was walking home in the 14100 block of Creeksand Court after running errands when the dogs came running at her and attacked her.

Animal-control officers, Riverside County sheriff's deputies, Cal Fire and an ambulance converged on the location minutes after the 11 a.m. attack.

"I had no difficulty capturing the dogs," said Mark Visyak, an animal-control officer. "They were pretty docile and showed no aggression."

The victim's injuries may require surgery. The dogs attacked her head, and she has lacerations to her face, scalp, ear and arms. One of her arms may be broken as well. Officers did not release her name.

The dogs, a female and male, were both about 14 months old and neither was neutered. The female was about one-month pregnant and weighed about 90 pounds, and the male weighed about 100 pounds.

The owner of the animals had just moved to Eastvale from Orange County three weeks ago, and neither of the dogs had licenses.

The male dog had a microchip, and animal-control officers were able to locate the owners, who apparently were shaken up when they learned of the attack.

The owner, whose name was not released, agreed to have the dogs euthanized.

Animal-control officers did not know if the owners would be prosecuted. They said that there were no prior incidents with the two Rottweilers in Riverside County, but did not know if any incidents occurred in Orange County.

The dogs may have gotten out through the garage door, which was left open by three to four feet. A side gate was also open.

Teryn Hartnett, an animal behaviorist, wanted animal owners to be aware of these facts:

Unaltered animals are more likely to attack other animals or people.

During the summer, the incidence of dog attacks goes up.

Dogs that are running in packs are more likely to attack.

Make sure that your yard is secured by closing gates and doors.

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