Monday, December 14, 2009

Encino Man Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack

December 14, 2009 (by Horatio Algren) According to reports a man was attacked by two pit bulls in Encino.

According to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Joel Price of the West Valley Station stated the man was walking in the 17900 block of Burbank Boulevard Sunday when the pit bull attack took place at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Detective Price said it appeared the man attempted to fight the dogs off by raising his hands and sustained bite marks to both arms. The 71 year old was then knocked to the ground by the two pit bull dogs.

The dogs were chased away from the man by a couple drivers who blew their horns and one of the dogs being moved by one of the vehicle driver’s bumpers, according to Detective Price.

According to authorities the injured man was transported to the hospital and was listed in stable condition. Detective Price stated the pit bulls had escaped from the back yard of a home nearby, where the owners were away and the house sitter did not know the dogs had escaped.

Captain Jan Selder of Los Angeles Animal Services stated an investigation has been opened and the pit bulls could be impounded or quarantined. Selder also stated that the owners might face civil or criminal charges in the dog mauling.

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