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March 11, 1999
Just 10 days after a pit bull fatally mauled a toddler in South Los Angeles, a dog of the same breed attacked an investigator for the Orange County district attorney's office on Wednesday, seriously injuring his hand, police said. Armando Acedo, an investigator for the county's welfare fraud unit, had just entered the front yard of a Fullerton home when three dogs--two of them pit bulls--suddenly appeared, Fullerton Police Sgt. Kevin Hamilton said.
A woman was savagely mauled while protecting her baby from two attacking pit bulls in Santa Ana on Saturday evening, police said. The dogs ripped into the woman's legs, down to the bone, before a friend and a bystander rescued her, suffering minor bite wounds in the process, police said. Ofelia Herrera was carrying her 8-month-old infant in her arms about 6 p.m. when she entered the frontyard of her friend, Mercedes Linares, on the 400 block of East Adams Street, said Sgt.
April 12, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
An administrative hearing to determine the fate of two pit bull terriers that badly mauled a Sylmar man in February will continue Friday at the East Valley animal shelter. The hearing could result in an order that the animals be destroyed and/or that their alleged owners be prohibited from owning dogs for at least three years, said James Connelly, hearing examiner for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.
March 3, 1999 | PATT MORRISON
There is, in this newspapering craft of mine, a saying: Dog bites man is not news. But man bites dog--that's a headline. What this means is that the ordinary, the routine in life is not newsworthy, as in dogs biting men. But news is the exception; news is a man biting a dog for a change. Yet we are reminded this week that sometimes the cliche doesn't hold. Dog did bite man.
March 7, 1999
Re "Mauling Death of Boy by Dog Spurs Warning," March 2: Another death by an animal that should not have been in a home to begin with. People blame the animal for something that could have been avoided if the parents had only used good sense. We buy dogs for pets, protectors and just because it seems like the thing to do. And what happens--an over-bred animal is placed in a home with children, and when the dog attacks, we feel it necessary to kill the animal. Animals just do not attack because they feel like it. They do it because they are threatened.
September 24, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Joseph Serna
When 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio's grandmother came home and asked where the toddler was, family members frantically searched every room and even asked neighbors if they'd seen him. Finally, the grandmother, 42-year-old Eustulia Zamudio, tried the backyard and screamed. Lying in the dirt, his clothes torn from his body, was Samuel's mangled, lifeless body. Police said the five pit bull mixes Zamudio kept out back had fatally mauled the boy. PHOTOS: Toddler mauled to death by pit bulls "We just don't have an explanation," said Erica Vega, a family friend who was one of the adults at the house on Citrus Street in Colton when the attack occurred.
September 9, 2009 | Tony Barboza
A 3-year-old Fullerton girl remained hospitalized Tuesday with severe injuries after her family's pit bull attacked her in their backyard, police said. The attack took place just before 7:45 p.m. Monday at the family's house in the 200 block of Costa Court when the girl and her mother took food to the dog, which was tied up in the backyard, said Fullerton Police Sgt. Mike MacDonald. The mother went back inside the house to wash dishes, leaving her daughter outside with the dog. Police are investigating the attack as a case of child neglect.
August 2, 1987
Re: Backyard Pool Shark in Orange: I'd much rather have a neighbor who owns a shark aquarium than a neighbor who owns a pit bull! BARBARA RICHARDSON Huntington Beach
February 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Animal control officials plan to start enforcing a new law forcing pit bull owners to spay or neuter their animals. The city's Animal Care & Control Agency has been issuing warnings to owners of pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes. Owners could face up to six months in jail and as much as $1,000 in fines for violations of the regulations. Agency Director Carl Friedman said Thursday the warning period was over and officers would begin issuing citations.
July 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Woodland police have arrested a man discovered skinning a pit bull, his hands drenched in blood, law enforcement officials said. Officers on Saturday found transient John Hummer, 47, alongside a Woodland gas station skinning the dog with a knife, said Sgt. Davis of the Woodland Police Department. Officers took the man into custody, Davis said.
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