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1 Dead, 1 Injured in California Dog Attack

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Elsie Aniekwe2 years ago

According to Reuters, a 63-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and a 65-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning as a result of a vicious pit bull attack in Southern California.

Details of the Fatal Dog Attack

In a written statement the River Side County sheriff’s department reported finding the dead body of a man in North Shore, a community on the shores of the Salton Sea about 100 miles east of San Diego.

The man, identified as Emilio Rios, 65, was fatally injured in an attack by two pit bulls while taking a morning walk around 6:30 a.m. on September 8, 2015.

The same two pit bulls, as deputies reported, also brutally attacked a woman leaving her hospitalized with major injuries.

Both dogs were eventually subdued, quarantined, and later put down via tranquilization. No information has been obtained so far as to who owned the pit bulls.

Dog Attack Statistics

The following information was provided by

  • In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 74% of fatal dog attacks.
  • Between the years of 2005-2014, pit bulls attacked 205 Americans.
  • In 2014, ramped free-running dogs (loose from their owners) accounted for 40% of all attacks resulting in death.
  • From 2006 to 2008, pit bulls were responsible for 81% of the fatal attacks that occurred off of the dog owner’s property.


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