NORTH SHORE – Vicious loose dogs killed a man and severely injured a woman in front of their residence on Tuesday Morning.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Thermal Station responded to a dog attack report in the area of Sea Gull Drive and Dolphin Drive, located in the unincorporated community of North Shore, on the Salton Sea just south of Coachella. They discovered a gruesome scene. The deputies found a deceased male adult in the front yard of a residence who appeared to be the victim of a dog attack.
While investigating the scene, the deputies heard another call for help and drove in the direction of the yells. As they approached, they spotted a female victim being attacked, but the lights and siren of their vehicle caused the dogs to flee the scene. The deputies assisted the injured woman, and when paramedics arrived, they transported her to a local hospital where, according to a press release, she is being treated for major injuries.
With the assistance Riverside County Animal Control Service Officers, deputies began a search for the vicious dogs and located them at a nearby residence, where they were captured. One of the dogs was reportedly extremely aggressive toward the animal control officers, and had to be tranquilized in order to take it into custody. The dogs, which the Desert Sun reports are pit bulls, will be quarantined at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
“A human being has lost their life to a dog. If this is not a wake up call for some folks, what is? … (Owners) have to be extra vigilant, because something like this can occur. It’s a tragedy, and it’s something that’s totally preventable,” said John Welsh, a representative for the Riverside County Animal Control, according to the Desert Sun.
Authorities are actively seeking the owners of these dogs and anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Tijerina at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Thermal Station at 760-863-8990.