PERRIS – A 68-year-old grandmother in Perris suffered bites to her face and arms when her son-in-law’s pit bull attacked her as she exercised, a county spokesman said today.
First responders were dispatched shortly after 10 p.m. Friday to the 22900 block of Betty Road, in an unincorporated part of Perris. Paramedics treated the woman and took her to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, Riverside County Animal Control Services spokesman John Welsh said.
A medical condition was not disclosed but Welsh described the victim’s injuries as major. Friday night’s incident marked the second time a dog attack was reported in less than a week, Welsh said.
The woman was not identified. The dog’s owner, Edward Chavez, told an animal control officer he heard his son yell for help when the male pit bull jumped on top of his grandmother and attack her in the family back yard, Welsh said.
It was not certain how the animal got loose since it was chained up. Chavez was cited for having the dog tethered and the animal was released to animal control officers to have it euthanized, Welsh said.
On Tuesday a 53-year-old Lake Elsinore man was attacked by his dog, his roommate’s dog and possibly a third dog. Those dogs like the pit bull involved in Friday night’s incident were not sterilized, Welsh said.