SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, June 28, 2013, at approximately 9 am, deputies from Riverside Sheriff’s Department responded to a vicious dog report near the 39000 block of Salinas Dr., in the county area of Murrieta.
Deputies arrived and located an elderly man in a garage being mauled by a Bullmastiff. The canine charged the first deputy on scene and was subsequently shot. The victim of the canine attack suffered severe injuries and was transported to the hospital. As deputies investigated this case, they received information that 30 minutes prior to the initial call, a heating and air conditioner technician had arrived at the victim’s home to repair the air conditioner. The same dog attacked the technician. The technician did not report the incident immediately. The technician sought treatment at a local hospital and then reported the incident to authorities.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.
FRENCH VALLEY – A Bullmastiff mix went on a rampage outside a home near Murrieta today, severely mauling a senior citizen and attacking another man before a sheriff’s deputy arrived and shot the canine.
The attack happened around 9:30 a.m. in the 39000 block of Salinas Drive, according to John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
An air-conditioning repairman was the first target of the 90-pound Mastiff pitbull crossbreed, named ”Sacks,” which then went after his owner’s 80-year-old father, Welsh said.
”The man was severely attacked,” he said. ”The dog bit him in the stomach, both arms, puncturing arteries, and also bit the man on the back of one of his knees.”
A sheriff’s deputy arrived within minutes and opened fire on the dog, firing multiple rounds, two of which struck the animal, according to Welsh. He said the canine was found next to a house a couple of blocks away on Tangletree Way.
Animal control officers seized and impounded the dog. The owner, whose identity was not released, signed a consent form to have the canine euthanized.
The 80-year-old victim was rushed to a hospital in serious condition.
Welsh said the canine was licensed but had not been neutered.
In April, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized the Department of Animal Services to proceed with drafting a proposed ordinance that would require, with few exceptions, all pit bull owners to have their dogs sterilized for the sake of public safety. A rash of pit bull attacks over the last year prompted the move.
According to Animal Services Director Rob Miller, the pit bull population countywide ranges into the tens of thousands, while the total number of pit bulls licensed in the county is around 120.
”The population is out of control,” he said. ”Twenty percent of the dogs we impound are pit bulls and pit bull breeds. We deal with a lot of ‘powerhouse’ breeds. But pits do the worst damage.”
Supervisor John Tavaglione said he became convinced that regulations targeting pit bull owners were necessary after an 84-year-old Jurupa Valley man was killed by his family’s pit bull while sitting in his wheelchair last year.