Four people were injured and taken to hospital on Friday after being attacked in an RV by a pit bull who had just given birth to a litter of puppies, Riverside County officials said.
Several agencies responded to an emergency call in the Santa Ana River near Wilderness Avenue around 8:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
Upon arrival, first responders found four victims – three men and a woman – with bites. All four were taken by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the statement said.
Authorities say the 3-year-old dog first attacked its owner inside the recreational vehicle and then bit two of the owner’s friends. The fourth victim tried to pull one of the other victims out of the camper van and was bitten in the arms.
Graphic photos released by Animal Services revealed a bloody scene, with red spots spread across the floor of the vehicle and on a grill outside.
Investigators still don’t know what triggered the first attack, but they noted that the fact that the bitch had just given birth may have been a factor.
She was taken to the Western Riverside / City County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley and handed over by the owner for euthanasia, the statement said.
The pit bull’s nine newborn puppies were also euthanized, Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said. The Press-Company.
âWe would have needed a foster parent right away to bottle-feed the puppies or a newborn bitch,â Welsh told the newspaper.
The incident comes less than two weeks after another dog attack in the area, the statement said.
A man was fishing on the evening of July 26 when he was injured by two dogs about 2 miles from Friday’s scene.
These dogs have not yet been found. However, authorities showed a photo of the female pit bull to the fisherman and he said it did not match any of the dogs in last week’s attack.
Animal Services used the two incidents to highlight the potential dangers of visiting the bottom of the Santa Ana River and urged people going there to be cautious, especially since the two dogs in the incident of July 26 would still be free.
âWe know the Santa Ana River area is used by families who recreate in the water with picnics and beach chairs,â Animal Services Lt. James Huffman said, according to the press release. . âBut parents need to be vigilant and keep an eye out for toddlers and themselves if they come across a rampaging dog. The dog can be wild or vicious.
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