Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Search for 2 pit bulls that mauled San Jose woman

From San Jose Mercury News

Animal control officers are combing an east San Jose neighborhood in search of two pit bulls that viciously attacked a woman on the street. Police say the 41-year-old victim was getting into her car Monday night when two pit bulls approached her and began mauling her.
Police say a neighbor heard the woman's screams and began throwing rocks at the dogs, who then ran away.
The victim suffered serious bite wounds to her arms and lower back, and is recovering at home.
The dogs are described as full-bred, dark gray pit bulls with clipped ears and light gray spots. Authorities say they don't know who their owner is.

Update December 21, 2010 3:45pm - The following article is from San Jose Mercury News:


Pit bulls that attacked San Jose woman still not found

San Jose animal control officers have not been able to find the two pit bulls who viciously attacked a San Jose woman as she was about to get into a car, officials said this afternoon.

Animal control Sgt. Jay Terrado said the neighborhood was searched for about four hours.

"So far we haven't been able to find anything," he said.

Police said a 41-year-old woman was about to get into her car in the 3000 block of Whitesand Drive near Aborn Road on Monday night when two dark gray pit bulls attacked her. A neighbor came to her aid.

Juan Valencia told KTVU that he used a loose brick and rocks to hit the dogs, who then took off. The woman sustained injuries to an arm and hip.

Terrado said at one point the woman was on the ground and defenseless.

"That guy stepped in and saved her," Terrado said of Valencia.

The dogs are described as full bred pit bulls with clipped ears and light gray spots.

Anyone with information on the dogs should call San Jose Animal Care and Services at 408-578-7297 before 9 p.m.

Update December 22, 2010 6:27pm - The following article is from San Francisco Chronicle:

1 of 2 pit bulls that mauled San Jose woman seized

Animal control officers have captured one of two pit bulls that viciously attacked a woman in a San Jose neighborhood.

Animal control Sgt. Jay Terrado tells the San Jose Mercury News the pit bull was found roaming the streets Tuesday night, a day after the 41-year-old woman was attacked. It will be quarantined for ten days while officers try to find its owner, and could eventually be euthanized.
The second pit bull remains loose.
Authorities say the woman was attacked by the two dark gray dogs outside her home as she went to get something from her car.
She was treated and released from a hospital for bite wounds to her arm and hip.
Terrado says the captured dog's owner may face a criminal complaint depending on the animal's history.

Update December 27, 2010 2:45pm - The following article is by Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News:

San Jose: Investigators believe they know who owns pit bulls that attacked woman

A San Jose animal care captain said today that investigators believe they know who owns the two gray pit bulls responsible for mauling a 41-year-old woman at dinnertime last week.One of the dogs has been captured but the other is still at large.
Animal Care and Services Capt. Leslie Tisdale said that based on interviews and on the area where the dogs attacked the woman about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, her department's investigators believe they know the identity of the owner, though they haven't spoken to the person yet. If the investigators are correct, animal care officers have spoken to the owner at least once before about the dogs running loose, Tisdale said. She said that these two dogs have not been cited before for biting anyone.
Tisdale declined to say any more about the owner, including why investigators haven't talked to the person.
One of the dogs was picked up Dec. 21 as it roamed the Evergreen neighborhood at Aborn Road and Murillo Avenue.
Tisdale said that dog is under quarantine, which usually last 10 days after an animal is picked up. She would not say whether the dog will be euthanized after the quarantine ends. Investigators are still looking for the second dog.
The unidentified woman was attacked after she arrived home in the 3000 block of Whitesand Drive near Aborn Road and went back to her car to get something, animal care officers have said. The dogs bit her arm and hip; she has since been released from the hospital. A neighbor told KTVU that he used a loose brick and rocks to hit the dogs, which fled. Authorities asked anyone with information about the dogs to call San Jose Animal Care and Services at 408-578-7297.  


Update December 27, 2010 11:22pm - The following article is from KGO:
 
SJ animal control officers may have found vicious pit bull owner

San Jose animal control officers believe they know who owns the pit bulls that mauled a woman last Monday night.
Susan Zhao, 41, was bitten on her arm and hip as she tried to fight off the dogs in her driveway.
One of the dogs was captured and is under quarantine. The other is missing.
Animal control says there is no record of a prior attack, but officers have talked to the owner in the past about the dogs running loose.

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Search for 2 pit bulls that mauled San Jose woman - San Francisco Chronicle
Rogue Pit Bulls attack San Jose mother - Examiner

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