Palm Springs police say a woman was attacked by her own pit bull in an apartment Monday evening, on the 53000 block of Waverly Drive in Palm Springs.
Police said they had to tase the dog several times after it attempted to attack officers. The woman is currently in critical condition and the dog died while on the way to animal control.
Neighbors say they are are still recovering after the brutal attack. "My friend Rueben Santiago was downstairs at the pool and she came out of her porch area screaming, 'help me, help me, help me," said Lorin Vuckan, a witness in the attack.
The man reportedly grabbed a pool net and was able to loop it around the dog's neck momentarily so the woman could get away. "By that point, the dog had already bit her in the face and you could see the jaw bone," Vuckan added.
Neighbors said the woman had recently moved in and had told them she had rescued the pit bull. "He was chained up and he was really badly abused," said Courtney Crary, a neighbor, referring to how the woman had found the dog before rescuing it four years ago.
"I know she loved the dog very much so I hope that she is okay and recovers as well as can be expected," Vuckan added. The woman has not been identified at this time Palm Springs Police Captain Mike Kovaleff said the woman was speaking before undergoing the first of many surgeries.
He said the dog did not die from the taser. Kovaleff also addressed online rumors that there were illegal drugs in the house, stating there were no illegal drugs found in the home. He added that they have no reason to believe fireworks sparked the dog's reaction.
Police are conducting tests on the animal to try and figure out what agitated the dog. Stay with KESQ & CBS Local 2 for any updates.
A woman is in critical condition after being attacked by her own dog in Palm Springs Monday evening. The woman is currently in critical condition and the dog died while on the way to animal control.
Palm Springs police said they received numerous reports from residents in the 5300 block of Waverly Drive that a PIT BULL was attacking its owner Monday at around 6:15 p.m.
Residents reported that a neighbor was able to fend off the pit bull but it returned and attacked its owner again when the Palm Springs Fire Department arrived at the scene.
Police said the dog was still actively mauling its owner inside an apartment when officers arrived at the scene. An officer entered the apartment and stopped the attack by using a stun gun on the dog. The dog continued to try to attack officers and others, so officers had to use the stun gun several more times until the dog was restrained.
The woman suffered severe injuries as the result of multiple dog bites and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The pit bull died while en route to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
Investigators later learned the dog was a 6- or 7-year-old male pit bull that had been rescued off the street by its owner four years ago. There are no known prior incidents of violence or aggression involving the dog prior to this attack.
The Palm Springs Police Department is currently investigating both the cause of the attack and cause of death of the dog.