Two stray pit bulls bite woman in Visalia

A woman walking her dog was knocked down and bitten by two stray pit bulls on a southeast Visalia sidewalk Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Valley Oak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

The attack happened in the 2300 block of East Tulare Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. The woman was taken to Urgent Care, a unit of Kaweah Delta Hospital, with moderate to serious puncture wounds to her right arm and leg, said Joseph Brainard, operations officer for Valley Oak.

Neighbors came to the woman’s aid and used a rake to get the dogs to break off the attack, Brainard said. He declined to identify the woman.The pit bulls ran up to the woman and one or both lunged at her, Brainard said. It’s not known whether one or both of the animals inflicted the wounds, he said, but animal control is treating the attack as if both dogs bit the woman.

What will happen now

The owner of the dogs had not been located by late Tuesday. Animal control will declare the animals vicious dogs and issue citations to the owner, Brainard said.”In the city of Visalia, you cannot own vicious or dangerous dogs,” he said.

A hearing will take place before the city of Visalia hearing officer in charge of animal attacks, Brainard said. If the hearing officer deems the animals to be dangerous, he said:

  • The animals and their owner could be placed on probation.
  • The pit bulls could be ordered euthanized.Whether the owner would be liable for the woman’s medical expenses is a civil matter, Brainard said.
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