One man was flown to Enloe hospital Wednesday after what witnesses described as a "vicious attack" by THREE PIT BULLS.
Tehama County Sheriff's Office officials said at about 3:00 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a dog mauling that occurred at a home on Sutter Court in the Rancho Tehama Reserve area of Corning. The attack on the man was interrupted by a neighbor who entered the yard with a vehicle and rescued the victim.
Officials said it was discovered that Don Kroslowitz, 48, was mowing his neighbor's yard inside the fenced area where two adult female and one adult male pit bulls were being kept in addition to a litter of five pit bull puppies.
Deputies believe Kroslowitz got too close to the litter of puppies and was attacked by the three adult pit bulls in the fenced yard.
Kroslowitz received numerous puncture bite wounds, lacerations and contusions over most of his body, including his face. Deputies said this was a "vicious attack" and witnesses who saw the attack described it as extremely violent and pack like.
The Tehama County Sheriff's Office responded to the call with a total of five deputies. Volunteers from the Rancho Tehama Fire Rescue also responded and immediately administered aid to Kroslowitz.
Officials said Bonnie Dixon, 67, witnessed the attack and tried to call the dogs away from Kroslowitz by shaking the chain link fence while standing on the opposite side. Dixon received a puncture bite from one of the dogs that bit her through the chain link fencing as she tried to distract the dogs.
Kroslowitz was transported by helicopter to Enloe Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. Dixon's injuries were not as severe and she sought treatment on her own.
Officials said the dogs were aggressive toward anyone approaching the yard and resisted violently while deputies attempted to remove them from the property. A variety of methods were used to try and control the animals including an attempted Taser deployment that was not successful.
Deputies had used a catch pole to control each of the adult dogs. No deputies have reported being injured during the incident.
Officials said all three pit bulls involved in the attack were captured by Tehama County Sheriff Deputies and transported to the county shelter for quarantine. The five pit bull puppies were also taken to the shelter.
The owner of the dogs, Jonathan Molina, has been contacted by deputies and the incident is being actively investigated. Molina agreed to surrender ownership of the animals.