LITTLEROCK – Authorities have arrested a 29-year-old man and seized six pit bulls and two mixed-breed dogs from the man’s property in connection with the deadly mauling of a 63-year-old woman in Littlerock Thursday morning.
The dog attack occurred around 9:30 a.m. on 116th Street East and Avenue S in Littlerock, according to the latest information released from the Sheriff’s Department.
A 63-year-old woman was out for a morning walk when she was attacked by at least four large dogs, according to Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
“A young woman was driving down Avenue S when she saw a pack of dogs attacking a woman who was on the ground,” said Corina, adding that the driver honked her horn in an attempt to stop the attack. “When she did that the dogs attacked her truck,” Corina added.
The driver contacted authorities, and when the first deputy arrived, he saw a female being attacked by a pit bull, Corina said.
“The deputy fired rounds from his firearm towards the pit bull dog causing the attacking dog to flee northbound toward the desert,” Corina said. “A search for the dogs ensued.”
Dozens of deputies joined animal control officers and a sheriff’s helicopter in a daylong search for the dogs. Officials went door-to-door in search of the dogs, and several Littlerock residents were very cooperative in allowing deputies to search their properties for dogs resembling the attacking dogs, Corina said.
Several dogs that matched the description of the attacking dogs were ruled out, according to Corina.
Thursday afternoon, County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the dogs involved in the attack.
A few hours later, tips from residents led authorities to a home in the 37300 Block of 115th Street East, where pit bulls resided that “had been aggressive in the past,” Corina said.
When the tenants refused to allow authorities on the property, detectives obtained a search warrant.
At least two people inside the home were detained, as authorities searched the home.
Detectives discovered a marijuana grow on the property, Corina said. A 29-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested at the property for cultivation of marijuana.
Animal Control also seized eight large dogs from the property – six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, Corina said. The dogs were being taken to the nearest animal control shelter to be examined, he said.
“We’ll probably try and get some kind of DNA off the dogs to match the victim to see if they are the ones that attacked the victim,” Corina said.
“We’re still asking the public around here in the Littlerock area, if you see a group of pit bulls running around to call animal control because we’re still not sure if these are the dogs that did the attack,” Corina said.
LASD Homicide Bureau with the assistance of DACC will determine whether the dogs taken into custody were involved in the death of the 63-year-old woman, a sheriff’s press release states. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death of the 63-year-old female resident of Littlerock, according to the release.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
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UPDATED: The 63-year-old victim has been identified as Pamela Marie Devitt of Littlerock, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.