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Man dies in pit bull attack in Riverside County

December 19, 2008 |  3:16 pm

A man died today after he was mauled by two pit bulls in Rubidoux, according to a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. 

The victim was related to the owner of the dogs, said John Welsh, of the Department of Animal Services. Welsh described the victim as "an older gentleman." 

The Riverside County Fire Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department both responded to the incident, which occurred at noon today at the dogs owner's home in the 5700 block of Kenwood Place in Rubidoux. Welsh did not know whether the victim died at the scene.

The dogs involved in the attack were signed over to Riverside County Animal Services by the owner and euthanized, according to Welsh.

UPDATE: The victim was a 60-year-old man who lived at the house where he was attacked, according to Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. "He was just sitting in the backyard smoking a cigarette and for some reason the dogs attacked him," Gutierrez said.

-- Kate Linthicum