A man was killed on Tuesday after he was attacked by four dogs while reportedly working on a property in Jurupa Valley, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
After a 911 call reported screaming at a property on the corner of Bellegrave Avenue and Martin Street, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the property around 7: 30 a.m. and requested assistance from Animal Service officers. The victim, whose identity has not been released, had reportedly worked on the property previously without incident, said Riverside County Animal Services representative John Welsh.
“It’s a tragedy. Our thoughts are with him and his family,” said Welsh.
The property owner, who was not at the scene when the attack occurred, arrived and surrendered his four dogs for humane euthanasia. Three of the four dogs were Belgian Malinois, an intelligent breed often used for police work, said Welsh. The fourth dog was a Cane Corso breed, which Welsh described as a larger version of a pit bull.
According to Welsh, the department had not received any calls to the location before this and said the dogs were contained within the bounds of the property.
“We don’t deal with these types of incidents in our county,” said Welsh, regarding fatalities from dog attacks.
Erin Gettis, the Director of Riverside County Animal Services, said in a statement the mauling was a tragedy and a “horrific reminder” for dog owners to remain vigilant in keeping communities safe.