Walker Mauled To Death By Pit Bulls Identified - New York News

Walker Mauled To Death By Pit Bulls Identified

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(FOX 11/CNS) An investigation was underway today into the death of a 63-year-old woman who was mauled by pit bulls as she was out for a walk in Littlerock, near Palmdale.

The woman, identified by the county coroner's office as Pamela Devitt of Littlerock, was attacked about 9:30 a.m. Thursday near 116th Street East and Avenue S, authorities said.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich said in a statement that "four killer pit bulls" mauled Devitt.

Later Thursday tips from the public and information supplied by the county Department of Animal Care and Control led deputies with a search warrant to a home in the 37300 block of 115th Street in Littlerock.

There they confiscated eight dogs -- six pit bulls and two mixed breeds -- and arrested resident 29-year-old Alex Jackson after they found marijuana growing on the property, according to the sheriff's department.

The dogs will undergo DNA tests to determine if they were involved in the attack, sheriff's officials said.

Residents in the area have been afraid of loose dogs for some time and about two weeks ago, a pack of dogs attacked a horse and a woman riding it, according to media reports.

Sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that a witness saw the woman who later died being attacked by a pack of dogs Thursday morning and honked to try to scare them away. Instead, they tried to attack the car, biting at its tires.

The first responding deputy saw the woman being attacked by one dog and fired a shot at it from about 30 feet away, sending the animal running off into the desert, according to the sheriff's department.

The woman had severe injuries and died on the way to the hospital, officials said.

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