A California man has been charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon after four of his pit bulls allegedly attacked and killed a woman who was out for a jog.
Alex Donald Jackson, 29, was arrested on May 9 following the dogs’ attack on Pamela Maria Devitt. When police searched Jackson’s home, they found a marijuana "grow operation" and eight dogs, including six pit bulls and two mixed breeds. Some of the dogs had blood on the muzzles which was identified as Devitt's.
Devitt, 63, was attacked near the side of the road by the pack of dogs. She died in an ambulance of blood loss after suffering 150 to 200 puncture wounds.
According to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Samantha MacDonald, this is at least the third time that there has been a report of Jackson’s pit bulls attacking people since January, Reuters reported.
In addition to murder and assault, Jackson was also charged with cultivating marijuana and other drug charges. He is being held on $1 million bail. If convicted, he could be looking at a lifetime sentence.
"It’s really scary,” said Jackson’s neighbor, Diane Huffman. “I don’t know what to think. I really think I’m going to be getting a gun to protect myself."
“They’d be walking past the house, and the dogs would attack them or their livestock. In one instance, they were attacking a guy on a horse. [Jackson} encouraged it. When he tried to stop the dogs, [Jackson] threw rocks at him, and said to leave his dogs alone.”