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4 pit bulls blamed in death of California jogger


Four pit bulls are suspected of killing a 63-year-old jogger Thursday. They have seized several dogs but are still in a search for the others who may have taken part in the attack.

Sheriff Lt. John Corina told reporters that a woman in a car saw the dogs attacking the female jogger Thursday morning. The witness called 911 and honked her horn to try to get the dogs to stop.

“When the first deputy on scene saw one dog still attacking the woman, he tried to chase the dog away,” Corina said. “The dog ran off into the desert, then turned around and attacked the deputy. The deputy fired a round at the dog and tried to kill the dog but the dog took off into the desert.”

The woman died in the ambulance en route to a local hospital near the high desert community of Littlerock, about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles.The coroner’s office was investigating to determine the cause of death.

Sheriff’s officials alerted people in the area to watch for the four tan dogs. Police were also using a helicopter to search for them. Later Thursday evening sheriff and animal control officials served a search warrant on a home near the site of the attack and took all eight dogs on the property, six of them pit bulls and two of them of mixed breeds into custody.

Investigators were trying to determine which of  the dogs were involved in the attack.