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Two dogs quarantined after attacking pedestrians in Whittier

July 17, 2012 |  9:09 am

Two dogs were quarantined Tuesday after escaping from their owner’s yard and attacking several people in a Whittier neighborhood, officials said.

The dogs -- a pit bull and pitbull-husky mix -- attacked three people Monday afternoon in the 7600 block of Greenleaf Avenue. An 11-year-old boy was bit on his right arm, while a woman, 62, heading to the grocery store, was bitten from behind. A 22-year-old male jogger also was attacked from behind.

“Both dogs seemed to have gone on a rampage,” said Aaron Reyes, deputy director for Los Angeles County Animal Control.

County animal control officers impounded the dogs and are keeping them under quarantine at the Downey Animal Care Center. They have not yet been tested for rabies.

The owners were issued a citation for violations, including running at large, and face possible civil consequences from the victims.

“This type of behavior is really not normal behavior,” said Reyes, who pointed to the possibility of limited social contact for the dogs as a reason for the attacks.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the fate of the animals.


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