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Pit Bull Attacks Owner, Friends Who Tried to Help

Multiple agencies responded to an emergency call this morning involving a dog attack that resulted in four victims transported to a hospital.

The incident took place at about 8:30 a.m. in an area of the Santa Ana River used as an illegal encampment near a treatment facility and Wilderness Avenue. The first attack happened

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department responded and Animal Services sent three officers.

A 3-year-old pit bull initially attacked her owner inside a recreation vehicle, then turned on two others inside the RV. A fourth victim was bit on his arms as he tried to pull one of the victims out of the RV.

All four – three men and one woman – suffered bite wounds and were taken by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It’s uncertain what sparked the initial attack. However, the pit bull had just given birth to puppies and that may have played a role in her behavior. The dog was transported to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. The owner surrendered the pet for humane euthanasia.

Today’s incident follows another serious attack that occurred July 26 approximately two miles away. A man was fishing at about 7:30 p.m. and two dogs attacked him. A search for those dogs proved unsuccessful. The July 26 victim was contacted and shown a picture of the female dog. He said the dog did not match either of the two that injured him.

Since those dogs are likely still at large, Animal Services is urging caution to those who frequent the Santa Ana River areas. Both attacks illustrate that the river bottom can be dangerous for unsuspecting visitors.

“We know the Santa Ana River area is used by families recreating in the water with picnics and beach chairs,” Animal Services Lt. James Huffman said. “But parents should be vigilant in keeping an eye on toddlers and themselves if they come across an unleashed dog. The dog could be feral or vicious.”


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