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Woman recovering from pit bull attack

Posted: July 29, 2008 9:02 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
A Canyon Country woman walking her Chihuahua was attacked by two pit bulls Tuesday morning, leaving her with puncture wounds on her neck and a broken finger.

The 40-year-old woman was reportedly walking her dog in the 17700 block of Scherzinger Lane in Canyon Country when two Pit Bulls got out of their yard and moved toward her and her dog, according to a sheriff's report.

The woman reportedly picked up her dog to protect him and the Pit Bulls jumped up on her, biting her in the neck and hand. The Chihuahua was also bitten.

Deputies responded and found the pit bulls, which were taken to the Castaic Animal Shelter.

The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

The Chihuahua is undergoing treatment at a local dog hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The owner of the pit bulls was cited by the county Department of Animal Control, which is now overseeing the investigation.

The two dogs will be quarantined for at least 10 days and will likely be euthanized, said Michelle Roache, deputy director of Animal Control.

The owner of the pit bulls had the option to file a petition with the department to keep the dogs alive, but the owner has decided to release the dogs to Animal Control, Roache said.

When a dog walker encounters an aggressive dog, Roache recommended turning away from the aggressive dog and retreating slowly. Running and screaming will "only make matters worse," she said.

"People are typically going to reach down to get their smaller dogs," Roache said. "That's just normal reaction to try to save their animal, but then that leaves a greater likelihood of the dog then jumping up and biting at hands or faces trying to snap at the little dog ... It's not a good situation either way you handle it."

She recommended avoiding streets where dogs frequently get out of their yards and reporting loose dogs to the county Department of Animal Control.

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