2nd Pit Bull Attack in 1 Week in Riverside County, CA, Leaves Grandmother Severely Injured

| by Denise A Justin

A 68-year-old grandmother was severely mauled by a family Pit Bull on Friday night, Feb. 14, near Perris, California. This was the second attack in the County in the past week.

When emergency responders arrived at the reported location in the 2900 block of Betty Road near Perris after 10 p.m. and located the woman in one of the three houses on the property. The elderly woman had suffered major injuries to her face and arms, according to a Riverside County Animal Services release.

The dog, a 2-year-old unneutered male Pit Bull named Beto, was owned by the woman’s son-in-law, Edward Chavez and had been kept on a chain.

Chavez told authorities that his teenage son heard the woman screaming and was able to grab the dog’s chain and pull him off of his grandmother.

Chavez said he did not know how the dog escaped or why he attacked the victim.

Riverside Animal Control Officers cited Chavez for not having his dog properly licensed, failing to have a current rabies vaccination or microchip and failing to have the dog sterilized.

Both a microchip and spay or neuter are required by law under a new Riverside County ordinance.

Chavez was also cited for tethering the dog, which is illegal for any period  longer than two hours.

The victim is currently recovering at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, the release said.  

The Pit Bull will be euthanized, according to Riverside County Animal Services.


A similar attack occurred in Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when a 53-year-old man was mauled by his own two pit bulls. Like Beto, the dogs were not sterilized.

Riverside County Animal Services Director Robert Miller cautions against keeping dogs illegally tethered for extended periods. “This can lead to an animal’s pent-up aggression and, sadly, terrible consequences,” he said.

Source: The Press Enterprise