Dogs euthanized after mauling 84-year-old woman in Jurupa Valley
Two dogs that severely mauled an 84-year-old woman in Riverside County Thursday were euthanized after the morning attack.
The owner of the pit bulls, or pit bull mixes, signed them over to the county Department of Animal Services after officers responded to the Jurupa Valley home where the animals were kept.
The woman was walking in her neighborhood off 54th and Beach streets about 9:40 a.m. when the dogs sneaked under a fence and attacked her, said agency spokesman John Welsh.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene after neighbors called 911 while the woman lay on the ground.
“There were some eyewitness accounts that the woman was almost left for dead by the dogs,” Welsh said.
She was in critical condition at Riverside Community Hospital.
“It was a very, very serious attack,” Welsh said.
He said the owner was cited for not having the dogs on a leash and failing to have them licensed and vaccinated. Tests were underway Thursday afternoon to determine whether the animals had rabies.
— Robert J. Lopez