An 84-year-old Jurupa Valley woman was taken to a hospital today after being attacked by two pit bulls that apparently got away from their owner.
The dogs went after the victim, whose identity was not released, around 11 a.m. in the area of Beach and 54th streets, according to Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.
He said the canines bit the woman, whose condition was not immediately known.
“The victim was walking to a community mailbox to retrieve her mail near her home at the time,” Welsh told City News Service.
He said the canines crawled underneath a fence surrounding their owner’s property and charged at the woman, biting her.
“She was severely hurt,” Welsh said, calling it “a terrible, tragic attack.”
An animal services officer found and seized the dogs, which were euthanized, according to Welsh.
The owner was issued multiple citations, including violating the county’s leash law.
“This is why we are constantly reminding pet owners to have secure fence lines, high walls for jumpers and well-maintained gates that do not swing open in high winds,” Welsh said.
Sheriff’s deputies were expected to take over the investigation.