Police officers shot and killed three pit bulls in Newport Beach early Friday morning after they attacked a mother and son.
The dog attack happened just south of Corona Del Mar at 5:36 a.m. The victims were guests at Marriott's Newport Coast Villas. The mother was walking towards her car when the pit bulls attacked her from behind. Her son ran towards her and was also attacked by the dogs. The dogs then ran off. The victims were transported to Hoag Hospital with puncture wounds.
When officers from the Newport Police Department arrived at the scene, the three dogs advanced towards the officer, who retreated back into his car. The three dogs then aggressively attacked the car. Backup police officers and Animal Control officials were called to the scene.
When the additional police officers arrived, they intended to only corral and restrain the pit bulls, but they were unable to exit their vehicles because of the dogs' aggressive behavior. A police department supervisor authorized officers to fire at the pit bulls. Officers were concerned because the area is frequented by joggers, bicyclists, pedestrians and golfers.
No identifying tags or chips were found on the dogs. Police are seeking information regarding the identity of the dogs' owner.
Pit bulls are the most aggressive of all dog breeds and the most common breed of dog involved in a dog attack. Under the law, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, or have suffered a pit bull mauling, you should speak with dog bite attorney regarding your right to compensation. A lawyer at McGee, Lerer and Associates, a Long Beach personal injury law firm, is available 24/7 for a free legal consultation.