80-year-old man seriously injured by Bullmastiff

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.

14 Responses to "80-year-old man seriously injured by Bullmastiff"

  1. Incorrect information in this article!   June 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    How about you get your story straight!!! I live on the street and it is not French Valley!!! The dog is Mastiff mix not Pitt bull . How about you put on the header "mauled by Mastiff mix"!!!!!!!

  2. Protect Children   June 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    While anti BSL, pro pit advocates celebrate what they consider victories. We mourn another death . Thus far this year there have been 17 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. In all but one of these deaths only one breed (type) of dog has been the killer . Please Pray for the families and loved ones of the following.(Arianna Jolee Merrbach 5 Years old) (Nephi Selu, 6 Years Old) (Ayden Evans, 5 years old) (Carlton Freeman, 80 years old) (Pamela Marie Devitt, 63 years old )(Rachael Honabarger, 35 years old)(Beau Rutledge, 2 years old)(Jordyn Arndt 4 years old )( Claudia Gallardo, 38 years old ) (Tyler Jett, 7 years old ) (Monica Renee Laminack, 21 months old) (Daxton Borchardt, 14 months old ) ( Ryan Maxwell, 7 years old ) (Isaiah Aguilar, 2 years old ) ( Elsie Grace, 91 years old ) (Christian Gormanous, 4 years old ) (Betty Todd, 65 years old ) What kind of people find celebration while lives are lost. At this rate within the next 10 to 20 days We will be adding another innocent victim to this list. Please join Us to bring regulation that will reduce the mauling and killing.https://www.facebook.com/ProtectChildrenFromPitBulls?hc_location=timeline

  3. I'm Tired of PB Owners   June 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    So lemme get this straight, even though there have been countless mauling’s and 15 murders of human by Pit Bulls SO far this year, because your dog never bit anyone we should disregard all facts and assume that all Pit Bulls are gentile??? Are you insane???

  4. Pitt hater   June 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Again correct your story!!! Salinas Drive is Murrieta!!!! not near Murrieta not French Valley. Salinas drive is Murrieta CA look it up!!! Why dont you tell the truth on the front cover? The dog was Mastiff mix not pitt mix!!! Also why dont you publish all the other bites that have happened in the city that were not Pitt bull related? I had a dalmation dog in our neighborhood that bit several kids a few months ago but media made no fuss about it!!! you obviously are a pitt hater

  5. Julie to Pit Owner   June 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    It’s because unfortunately most of the incidents involve Pits. You’re not going to find some little Maltese run out and attack someone and inflict injury this way. Even the most loving Pit has more of a tendency to snap than any other dog and when they attack, it’s bad, very, very bad. I am one of the biggest animal lovers out there, but I have to agree that something needs to be done about these dogs. There was a little boy just a couple weeks ago that was mauled to death by their "loving" family dog. It was a pitbull and nobody expected it.

  6. A 53 Year old Grandma   June 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Pit Mix Owner,

    Does this also mean that gay men and women, or bi sexuals, transexuals are not born with that already instilled in their hormones or whatever its called? IF what you say is true then that is what every scientist in most of the world says is opposite.
    Dogs like gays, serial killers have a pre desposition for it, or Genes we will say because I do not want to use the wrong wording.
    Can these animals be loved enough over a few years to never hurt someone in his or her life? I dont know, and no one else does either because on a daily basis people are either attacked by them or killed by them.
    As you can read the stories of these recent mass killers. They have a perfect family, lots of money, the best of educations, friends or not, family, they go on vacations some of us only dream about, but there is that little "glitch" in their brain when they are born that just doesnt quite work the right way and thus………..mass murder.
    I love animals, I have alot of animals, loving animals but I would never leave any of them to get out or be alone in a room with a child.

  7. Valley Staff   June 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Apparently the dog was a Pit/Mastiff mix.
    No one on the Valley News staff has any love or hate of Pitbulls. We simply post what we find from the sheriff’s department and Animal Control. The above information is directly from them. Thanks for reading! We’ll continue to get it as right as we can 🙂

  8. Merritt Clifton   June 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Of the 4,239 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,653 (62%) were pit bulls; 534 were Rottweilers; 3,425 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 517 human fatalities, 260 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 382 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,388 people who were disfigured, 1,556 (62%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 312 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 1,978 (79%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  9. Inherently Dangerous   June 29, 2013 at 12:55 am

    You are invited to Houston, Texas for The 2nd Annual Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs
    October 19, 2013
    Please come and join us, and show your support.

  10. Preston   June 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

    The difference between a Mastiff and Pit is the Mastiff can eat you in fewer bites. There are a lot of great breeds so why consider one that can kill you, your neighbors or your child.

  11. Herb   June 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Seems some people are just not satisfied with the Valley News reporting what they receive from official sources, they want the News to investigate in depth before printing anything. If that were the case then we would receive no news at all. I for one am very thankful for the Valley News and their timely reports. In time of emergency such as fire they have been the bulletin board providing vital information for local citizens. And no I do not have any connection to the Valley News or its staff.

  12. Preston   June 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @ #5, Pit hater
    Public sentiment and news stories tend to align with the statistics.
    I believe it would be a rare occurrence for a Dalmatian to kill a person. Pits (and similar breeds) kill their owners, their owners children and neighbors on a regular basis so apparently more news worthy.

  13. Ivory   September 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love animals, especially dogs, but something needs to be done about the over population of pit bulls, regardless if they are the ones with the highest percentage of maulings. I often go to the North Central Animal Shelter and donate newspapers and guess what breed I see the most up for adoption? Pit bulls! People are so irresponsible in not fixing their pets. I wish everyone that owned a pet, and has not sterilized their pet, take a trip to the animal shelter and see first hand the amount of dogs that may eventually be euthanized…just because of irresponsible people. The ones to blame are HUMANS…not the dogs.

  14. anthony   December 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    It is no a predisposition for a pit to be mean or want to cause harm it is what an owner and traine. Intend for them to be dogs do not choose to be killers I have owned pits and rotties a lap dog is what bit me if these vicious pit bulls are so vicious explain why they used to be considered family dogs and mainstays in households because of humans breeding patterns overbreeding and what have you. Dont blame the dog blame every person who has chosen to breed them for the wrong purpose.


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