Unaltered Pitbulls 'Severely Attack' Man Near Lake Elsinore

The man was hospitalized in critical condition following the attack Tuesday afternoon.

This 2-year-old pitbull named Goliath was signed over for humane euthanasia following an attack on a man near Lake Elsinore on Feb. 11, 2014.  Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
This 2-year-old pitbull named Goliath was signed over for humane euthanasia following an attack on a man near Lake Elsinore on Feb. 11, 2014. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
A 53-year-old man is suffering from major injuries sustained when he was "severely attacked" by dogs near Lake Elsinore– one of them his own pet, officials report.

Riverside County Department of Animal Services Spokesman John Welsh says it's still unclear exactly how many dogs were involved in the attack, though the agency impounded six from the property on Honey Lane– just east of Interstate 15 and north of Central Avenue (Highway 74)– where the attack happened Tuesday afternoon.

Welsh says the Department of Animal Services was called to the scene in unincorporated Riverside County by the sheriff's department, around 4:15 p.m.

Details surrounding what prompted the attack are still being investigated, but animal control officials think the man may have been trying to break up a fight between two male dogs.   Though it's not yet certain how the fight started-- officers credit a good Samaritan with breaking it up.

"A good Samaritan – believed to be a nearby neighbor – rammed his van through the chain-link gate to try to help the victim," Welsh said.  "The dogs scurried when the man’s van busted through the gate."

The man was then taken to the hospital with major injuries, according to Welsh.

At least two of the dogs are pitbulls, one named "Bolt" and another "Goliath," who was signed over for humane euthanasia, according to Welsh.   Two puppies were also taken from the property, but their fate, along with the other dogs, is yet to be decided.

Welsh said none of the dogs were neutered, as required by local law.

"All four of the adult dogs were unaltered and unlicensed, as required by state and a countywide ordinance for unincorporated areas of Riverside County," he said. 


powersurges February 13, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Agreed Mr. Smith!
Alek J Hidell February 13, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Any human who would value a killer dog over a human child is clearly a sociopath. They somehow bond with dirty animals and eat with them, sleep with them, talk to them, and consider them human; its psychotic..These dangerous fetish keepers shouldn't be living in Murrieta---they should be in Elsinore or Hemet where garbage clumps together
julian February 13, 2014 at 07:39 PM
In my forty seven years, the instances of such truly vicious incidents seems to become only more frequent with time. The humor in all this is the posts of those attesting to being bitten once by a Yorkie or a Golden Retriever as if that somehow is the equivalent to the situation at hand. Ouch, my toy poodle just bit me! Call an Ambulance and alert the media!
concerned citizen February 13, 2014 at 08:23 PM
This is really funny-the morons defending pits. When 2 normal dogs are fighting and you try to break it up, you might get bit. But that is that, u get bit once. The pit bulls--they bite the owner, but do they stop, why, yes, they stop. They stop fighting with each other and decide to kill their owner. Only pit bulls! Now, that's funny!
Cf2631 February 14, 2014 at 01:56 PM
This man had one to many dogs. He is a drug addict and should have never had this many. He was giving the opportunity to spay and neuter a number of times and chose not to. This is the second time he has been attacked. She was put an overwhelming situation and attacked her puppy and then attacked him. She was a very sweet dog. Im not saying he is a bad man. He has done alot to help out some very close friends of my husband and I. When you have several males and a female that are not altered of coarse they are going to fight. When you have a dog chained all the time they get chain aggression, when they are confined in a single area they get aggression. We have friends and family that own pitbulls and they are the sweetest. They are loved and cared for how any breed should be. My husband and I own two bully breeds female american bulldog and male spanish mastiff (presa caniro) American bulldog. They are both fixed licensed and registered. I understand they may not be pitbulls but they get mistaken for them constantly. We have a 2 1/2 year old son and our dogs absolutely love him. We love, train and treat our pups like they are our children. Dogs are raised by the way you raise them. Its not their fault but the owner. Ive been attacked by a Rottweiler and almost lost the left side of my face. This dog was not giving the attention and love that it should have gotten. I didnt blame the dog I blamed the owners. Im a responsible bully breed owner and know many responsible pitbull owners. Do not blame these animals. They are great breeds to own if treat and love them well.
concerned citizen February 14, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Then what about all of the pits that were raised properly, love, attention, ect, that still turned?
BLUESGUITAR777 February 14, 2014 at 03:46 PM
@Concerned Citizen - what about all the German Shepherds, Akitas, and other mixed breed or pure breed large dogs that were raised properly, loved, given attention, etc that still turned? Why just the focus on pit bulls?
ChrisG February 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM
@cf, thank you for your comments. Based on the comments most people realize it is the owners and not a specific breed. In cases like this, however, the adult animals need to be put down for the safety of the rest of us. The puppies can probably be placed into a proper owners care. This person should never be allowed to have dogs again. There are a lot of dog owners that fall into that category and they are ruining it for the responsible dog owners. But isn't that the way with all things? A few bad apples...
concerned citizen February 14, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Because those breeds not tear people apart for fun and enjoyment. Continue to have your monster dogs and put your kids and grandkids in danger. It will be on you. You people can only defend pits by knocking other breeds. Lower than low.
BLUESGUITAR777 February 14, 2014 at 03:59 PM
@ConcernedCitizen - I've been rounds with you on other articles in the past regarding pit bulls. I'm not about to start again. You have shown yourself to be very anti-pit bull and I can clearly see there's no way either of us can sway each others' opinion so we shall agree to disagree. Happy Valentine's Day!
concerned citizen February 14, 2014 at 03:59 PM
And it wasn't a GSD, Dobie, Akita, or, God forbid the vicious killer toy Poodle, it was monster pits. Enought said. Now go play with your monster
BLUESGUITAR777 February 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM
"monster pits" - is that a crevasse from which all monsters crawl out of? LOL
DB February 14, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Monster Pits I think is the new name fir the Four Corner part of town.....
ChrisG February 14, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Go play with your monster....Ha!
Alek J Hidell February 14, 2014 at 04:23 PM
You mean Monster Pita--its a new lebanese shop selling falafel
Kelly February 15, 2014 at 03:17 AM
I seriously cannot believe the ignorance being thrown around here. If you have never owned a Pit, than you have NO idea what you are talking about. I have owned mine going on 5 years and he has NEVER attempted to hurt anyone EVER. He loves me, my kids and my grandkids. One thing though, my vicious Pit Bull is scared to death of my two cats. How many of you idiots are now going to tell me that I should have my cats put down? Geez, educate yourself before you start running your mouth.
Alek J Hidell February 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM
You choose to have a breed that appears to attack humans. there are many breeds but you chose a fighting dog. You brag because it hasnt fought. Yet.... It is still not against the law to own this hated breed. Yet. You know that most people hate them and don't want them around yet you choose to have one instead of a labrador... You are the ignorant one running your mouth.
concerned citizen February 15, 2014 at 09:53 AM
You can defend these monster dogs until H-ll freezes over, but that doesn't change the facts that all of these attacks are by pit bulls, not other breeds. I love the way that you say that your pit has never attempted to hurt anyone. That's because they normally do not give any warning, they just turn. When is the last time you heard about a pack of little ankle biters ripping a truck apart, piece by piece? Ref- several months ago, the pack of monsters trying to get to a kitten. Again, only Pits would do this.
Marshall February 15, 2014 at 09:21 PM
i just googled, pit bulls rip apart car and there are so many awful stories...
DB February 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM
humans do much more damage to other humans, were is the outrage against humans and a call for a ban on them, perhaps Governor Brown can ban humans too......Nope, he is too busy making sure illegal aliens sign up for Obamacare.......I do hope they ban this breed, then we there are still over 1,000,000 illegal dogs owed by criminals that should not be in our country to start with and let's see what we can ban after that.....dog bans will work as well as drug bans, jumping our borders, graffiti bans and gun bans for criminals.....Criminals do not pay attention to laws, as this guy has shown by owning 6 dogs. So we ban the breed, where are we going to house on the criminals that own them? We cannot keep rapists locked up for their full terms. BSL is a joke.
Marshall February 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Hit the nail on the head DB!
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM
And yet there was another attack Friday night by another sweet loving pit. Say it ain't so!
Sew Good February 16, 2014 at 05:58 PM
DB hit the nail on the head? You guys must be smokin' out together because I can barely make out DooBie's point.
Alek J Hidell February 16, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Dog was never Man's Best Friend.... if anything it was Man's Emergency Food Source
ChrisG February 16, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Dogs are good for protection or hunting. If you aren't using yours for either of those two purposes you're a loser. Animals are to eat or help you get other food to eat. They are not for snuggling, kissing or status symbols. If you have a dog it is most likely outside and annoying your neighbors with incessant barking. Do us all a favor, kill your dog, then yourself.
Joseph Morabito February 17, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Chris... funny stuff. There's good huntin' in WillyMar, I's was jus' out with my Ol' Yeller dog and my cousin and we done trapped three 'coons and a possum up in that yonder tree —near the old church bell tower, jus' las' nigh'. You wanna buy some skins or maybe a pint of possum stew? Those dumbasses that hug they's dogs, sure is so stupimified that they'd prolly not knowed how to kill themselfs.
ChrisG February 17, 2014 at 06:41 PM
@jm, may have gone a bit too far with that one. Spent a few hours out in wine country yesterday. But there are tons of people with dogs that should not have dogs. :)
Joseph Morabito February 17, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Chris, You're right about that... Tons of people that shouldn't have dogs. They get dogs, of all varieties, and don't train them properly... much less don't make sure they can't get loose, —they really need to be treated as severely as drunk drivers are if their dogs do damage.
lotsahelp February 17, 2014 at 06:58 PM
ChrisG and JM- funny stuff!
BLUESGUITAR777 February 19, 2014 at 09:13 PM


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