Pit Bull Attacks Baby: 3rd Attack in San Diego in 1 Week


A family pit bull attacked a one-year-old child in a home in Chula Vista, the second largest city in the San Diego, CA, metropolitan area. The attack occurred on Friday, June 24, 2011, and was the third in San Diego in one week, according to NBCsandiego.com.  The baby was reportedly taken to the hospital.  No further details were available. 

The family had five dogs living in the house with the child.  A family member confirmed the dog that attacked was a pit bull and described it as aggressive.  The dog was euthanized by animal control.


About 10:45 a.m. that same day, a woman was walking her three dogs in Grant Hill in San Diego when one of them was attacked by two dogs, a pit bull and a Boxer, which had escaped from their yard, according to a spokesperson for San Diego County Department of Animal Control. 

“Two men driving to work stopped and were able to break up the attack,” a neighbor reported.   “When the woman tried to protect her Sheltie, one of the fighting-breed dogs nipped her on the face,” said DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa.  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/24/woman-and-pet-attacked-two-dogs/

Since it was unknown which dog bit the woman, both the Boxer and pit bull were impounded and placed in quarantine for ten days as a precautionary observation period.  According to DeSousa, after that, the dogs' owner can reclaim them or they will probably be euthanized. 

The woman declined medical treatment in order to take her dog to the veterinarian, according to a report by CBS8.com.  The condition of the Sheltie was unknown.  http://www.cbs8.com/story/14973179/pit-bull-boxer-attack-woman-walking-dogs-in-grant-hill

On June 18, Emako Mendoza, 75, was attacked in her back yard in Paradise Hills by two pit bulls.  The victim had gone outside about 6:30 a.m. to pick up her newspaper. The dogs belonged to a neighbor and pushed their way through a hole in the fence. (Paradise Hills is in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego, CA.)  Emako was hospitalized in critical condition and one leg had to be immediately amputated.  http://www.opposingviews.com/i/2-pit-bulls-attack-san-diego-woman-75-leg-amputated

According to a  May 12, 2011, report by Fox5News, the U.S. Postal Service records indicate San Diego is the second most dangerous city in the country for letter carrier attacks. According to a San Deigo Postal Service spokesperson, 11 carrier attacks occurred in Chula Vista in 2010. The report states, “San Diego and Columbus, Ohio, tied for second place, each logging 45 dog attacks in 2010.” http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/kswb-dog-attacks-san-diego-among-most-dangerous-cities-for-mail-carriers-20110512,0,5858213.story


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