This last Sunday, November 11, another fatal dog attack occurred in San Diego County. Tragically, the bloody body of a thirty-year-old woman was discovered in the backyard of a Fallbrook home, along with eight bulldogs. Authorities confirmed Wednesday that she was attacked and severely mauled by one or more of the dogs. The San Diego Medical Examiner's Office revealed that the autopsy showed the woman died of "multiple penetrating, mauling, and blunt force injuries" inflicted by the canines. Experts concluded there were no other contributing conditions that resulted in her death.
According to Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio, the victim had been hired to clean the house on 1300 block of Calle Tecolotian while the owners were out of town. The victim was discovered around 5:15p.m. on Sunday, by her cousin who arrived to give her a ride home. Investigators believe the housekeeper may have tried to intervene in a dog fight in the rear yard when the pack of English Bulldogs turned on her.
What investigators found at the scene was horribly tragic. They discovered the woman's mauled, bloody body under a tree and the dogs still scampering around close to the victim. They found a hose running nearby which they believe she may have used to try and break up a dog fight. However, investigators are still not sure what caused the dogs to attack her. 10News learned the victim's family lives in Mexico. Her name is being withheld pending family notification.
Sheriff's deputies had to call Animal Services to come secure the canines who were running loose. The dogs were identified by Animal Services officers as Olde English Bulldogges ~ a breed that is stronger and larger than the traditional English Bulldog. The San Diego Dept. Of Animal Services took custody of the canines and according to Lt. Giannantonio, the DAS will continue the investigation to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed against the homeowners.
When deputies checked the Fallbrook home to make sure there were no other injured victims they discovered two dozen live marijuana plants in a rear bedroom of the home.
"They called in investigators from the Narcotics Task Force," said Lt. Giannantonio. "They are conducting the investigation for any criminal charges that may be related to the marijuana grow."
The muscular, strong-framed dogs were being held at a pound in Carlsbad, stated DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa. He revealed that one of the dogs weighed more than 100 pounds. DeSousa said that the dog, or dogs that are found to have attacked the victim will be deemed non-adoptable and euthanized.
"We have to ensure the safety of the public," DeSousa said.
Yes, we need to ensure the safety of the public and the safety of the people we invite into our homes. I realize that many pet owners have dogs to feel secure and protected in their homes. The problem is that some homeowners seek breeds that are more aggressive than others simply because they make better guard dogs.
Dog bites and attacks are more common than most people think ~ happening to over 4.7 million people in the United States each year. Dog owners, not the breed or individual dogs, are responsible when bites or attacks occur. It is imperative that dog owners are held accountable for their canine's dangerous behavior. This is why it is so important that animal attack victims, or their families, seek legal advice from a skilled personal injury attorney who has expertise with personal injury or wrongful death litigation.
Sources: "Sheriff's Department Confirms Woman Mauled by Dogs at Fallbrook Home" ~ 10News.com, November 14, 2012
"2012 Dog Bite Fatality: San Diego County Woman Killed by Pack of American Bulldogs" ~ DogBite.org, November 14, 2012
"Autopsy: Woman Died of Mauling By Dogs" ~ North County Times,
November 14, 2012