California Jogger Killed by Pit Bulls

Suspected dogs in custody

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 10, 2013 4:15 AM CDT | Updated May 10, 2013 5:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman was jogging in southern California when she was attacked and killed by a group of dogs. Four animals—pit bulls and mixed breeds—have been taken from a home in Littlerock, California, NBC Los Angeles reports. The dogs' seizure follows a ground and helicopter search. "We had information from animal control and people [who] live in the area that dogs here match the description of the dogs that attacked," said a police spokesman. "We had complaints before about these dogs being aggressive."

Earlier, an officer had arrived at the scene of the violence to find one dog still attacking the woman, who later died in an ambulance. The dog reportedly charged at the officer, who fired at it, Reuters notes, though it managed to escape. Officials are planning a DNA test to confirm the seized dogs' identities. Two men were seen in the back seat of a police car at the home, apparently in custody, NBC notes. The dogs' owner, a 29-year-old, was busted for growing marijuana. He could also see charges related to the attack: "That'll be up to the DA, of course," the spokesman said. "Anything from manslaughter to murder or nothing at all."

A frame grab from NBC Los Angeles video after pit bulls killed a jogger.   (NBC Los Angeles)
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