MURRIETA – A 67-year-old Murrieta man died due to complications from an Oct. 14 pit bull attack at his home, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office reported today.
The agency said Edward Mitchell died at 11:11 p.m. Sunday at his home in the 24400 block of Tuscola Circle, where a nephew’s dog mauled the victim nearly two months earlier.
Mitchell and a pit bull named Shadow and two Chihuahuas were on the backyard patio when the attack occurred, animal control investigators said. Mitchell had been disciplining the dog when it turned on him, mauling his throat and groin, police Lt. Dennis Vrooman said.
According to a Press-Enterprise report, Mitchell was unable to speak afterward and could not say if the discipline he meted out was verbal or physical. A neighbor who heard the commotion called 911.
According to the newspaper, first-responders found flesh and blood throughout the patio area, and officers used two tranquilizer darts to subdue the 18-month-old, unneutered male dog. The owner later signed a release, police said, clearing the way for the dog to be euthanized.