THREE PIT BULLS were quarantined after they reportedly attacked a Covelo man, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported.
According to the MCSO, a woman reported Thursday morning that her 57-year-old husband had been mauled by the dogs while he was walking the previous evening on Wright Way in Covelo around 7 p.m. Jan. 4.
The man, identified as Pollard Hale, had reportedly suffered “major injuries to his limbs and face” and was flown via air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. According to the MCSO, Hale remains in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and is expected to need to go “through extensive rehabilitation in his recovery.”
The MCSO identified the owner of the dogs as Miguel “Angel” Escareno Pinon, 24, who also lives on Wright Way, and described him as being cooperative with investigators.
Escareno Pinon told deputies he left his yard gate open when he left his residence and his dogs got out while he was gone. When he returned to his home, he said he saw the three dogs around Hale, who was lying on the ground injured. He then secured his dogs while medical personnel were called to help Hale.
According to the MCSO, Animal Control officers have contacted Escareno Pinon previously about a dog bite, but that incident reportedly involved a different animal.
The three dogs involved in last week’s incident were taken to the Ukiah Animal Shelter and are currently being held under a “10-day bite quarantine.” The MCSO is investigating the incident to determine “whether or not the animals will be returned to the owner, or deemed dangerous and euthanized.”
The MCSO is requesting that anyone who may have witnessed the attack or might have previous experience with the dogs involved to call the MCSO animal division at 707-463-4086.