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UPDATE: Pit Bulls Maul Dog, Injure 3 People

A Laguna Niguel man and his daughter are bitten when they try to pull two pit bulls off their golden retriever while walking on a San Clemente beach trail.

SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- Two pit bulls attacked and mauled a golden retriever along the San Clemente Beach Trail on Thursday afternoon, injuring the retriever's owners and a passer-by as they tried to pull the pit bulls off, according to a witness.

"This thing was horrific," said the retriever's owner Tim Frawley of Laguna Niguel. "My daughter was yelling 'they're killing him, they're killing him, they're killing him!' Flesh was ripping off the bones.

"We were just north of the pier, past the lifeguard station, and two animals are running toward us," Frawley said. "As soon as they got there, they attacked. They tore off his ear, both legs in the front are injured, one was down to the tendon, massive tears to his back where they pulled his skin off."

Frawley and his 25-year-old daughter ― visiting from San Francisco ― were able to pull the pit bulls off with the help of others passing by on the beach trail, Frawley said.

"Somehow, someway, my daughter and I got the two dogs away -- we were sitting on their limbs," Frawley said. "I'm on 9-1-1 and I've got hold of one leg twisted around. I don't know if he's going to turn around and bite me at any minute."

Frawley said another couple of walkers took the injured retriever up behind some bushes out of the pits' line of sight.

Frawley's dog Charlie, was treated at Dr. John Agostini's San Clemente Vet Hospital and is recovering.

Frawley has stitches in his fingers, his daughter suffered bite marks and one of the "good Samaritans" who helped in the struggle sustained a broken thumb.

A call came in at 4:09 p.m. to San Clemente Police Services while the dogfight was still ongoing, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department incident log.

A lifeguard and others also made multiple calls to 9-1-1, according to dispatch reports. Sheriff's deputies and Coastal Animal Services Authority staff responded. Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Gil said that by the time deputies had responded, walkers had detained one of the dogs, and animal services took over control of the incident.

Frawley said he doesn’t know what happened to the pit bulls after the owners took them away with choker collars. It is also unclear how the dogs escaped.

"[The pits' owners] say they're going to pay for everything, but I'm not sure what my plan of action is," he said.

Both pit bulls also underwent medical treatment, said San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker in an email Monday:

The two pit bulls are currently being housed at a vets office for medical treatment. Both have bite wounds and one sustained injuries to the head after being beaten by a rock by the owner of the dog that was being attacked.

After the medical treatment is completed they will be moved by an
Animal Control Officer to our shelter for a quarantine period and will not be released back to the owners until a full investigation is completed.

marlene May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Shocking, another pit attack today!! The woman jogger died. UPDATED: Authorities Looking for 4 Pit Bulls That Killed Jogger MELISSA PAMER and NYREE ARABIAN 05/09/2013 4:18 PM An adult female jogger in the Antelope Valley died Thursday morning after being attacked by four pit bulls, and the search for the animals was continuing, authorities said. The department sent an alert at 1:48 p.m. that said: "DANGER: Active search for vicious pit bull dogs,115 St. East / Ave S, Littlerock (Co.), Antelope Valley." The incident was reported about 9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka tweeted Thursday afternoon that the victim was jogging on Avenue S between 110th Street and 113th Street when four pit bulls attacked her. A witness who called 911 said he or she had seen three or four dogs, but a responding sheriff's deputy only saw one pit bull, authorities said. The deputy fired on the dog, who ran from the scene, returned, and then ran away again into the desert, authorities said. She died in an ambulance, Fujioka said. Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Mike Parker tweeted at 3 p.m. that the victim was 63 years old. The sheriff's Palmdale Station was leading the search for the canines, Sommers said. The county Department of Animal Care & Control was also working to locate the dogs.
matias alamaida May 10, 2013 at 01:01 AM
where are the pictures of the so called pitbulls? Why doesnt the writter of this story go back and correct his mistake. That the two attatcking dogs were not pitbulls. My feeling is that he know the "pitbull attack" story sells.
Grant May 10, 2013 at 08:28 AM
As the old saying goes, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt". The reality is, despite what the pit bull apologists claim in these posts, there are just a few breeds that are involved in the majority of fatal attacks on humans, and pit bulls are part of this limited group of breeds. Anecdotal examples of attacks by various other breeds are meaningless when considering the "Big Picture". All of us who are paying attention know the truth: pit bulls are among a small handful of breeds that have been bred to be aggressive. It's naive for pit bull advocates to pretend that "a dog is a dog", as if all breeds are equal! The fact is that for centuries various breeds have been bred for specific attributes. That's why the cairn terrier, for example, is so adept at catching rats. Other breeds are great at herding cattle. I have a British guide to dog breeds that has a set of symbols for each breed indicating such characteristics as "good with children", "prone to bite", "needs frequent exercise", etc. It's very obvious to anyone who's paying attention that all dogs are not equal and that each breed has distinctive characteristics; to pretend otherwise is to display an enormous degree of naivete. Of course, this does not mean that every dog of any one breed is "condemned" to fulfill the stereotypical "role" of its' breed; there are always dogs that defy the "norm" for their breed. But let's be honest about the fact that certain breeds have certain characteristics!
Grant May 10, 2013 at 08:43 AM
The point is: there are a relatively small group of breeds that are responsible for the majority of human fatalities. The fact that a dog of any breed may be on record for biting someone is irrelevant. What IS important is the fact the a small percentage of breeds are involved in fatal attacks on humans. Pit bulls ARE a part of this small elite group of dogs. Let's not deflect the reality by claiming that this or that dog was not really a pit bull or that it was a pit bull mix. The bottom line is that pit bulls are one of several breeds that are more likely to be involved in killing human beings! All the warm and fuzzy stories about how pit bulls were great "baby-sitters" a century ago, or how they performed valiantly on the battlefields of World War I are besides the point in the twenty-first century: in this day, we are dealing with a breed that exhibits violent tendencies in many cases; to deny this is to turn a blind eye to reality!
Grant May 10, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Oh, it's all the fault of the media, isn't it: A classic, and convenient response!
ms.sc. May 10, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Bottom line is...if you have witnessed prior agressive, dangerous behaivior notify Law Enforcement. Be alert when you walk. Carry "hornet spray" like one post suggested. Walk in an area you know, but Always be alert. Don't walk at night. Sadly, I miss evening walks. It's not safe to do so anymore. Not even if it is in "small town" America. Stay safe.
marlene May 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Great (and LOGICAL) posts Grant. I was told by a vet "trying to teach a Pit Bull to not be aggressive it like trying to teach a Lab not to retreive", that's their nature. Of course we always hear it's the owners fault, no, it's a pit being a pit. Why would any responsible person take a chance knowing the injury/death a pit CAN cause? Get a breed you can be 100% certain won't ruin someone life just in case it gets free from your yard!
Grant May 11, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Another innocent person was killed by a pit bull (or several pit bulls) in Antelope Valley yesterday. I'm sick of all the excuses given by people on this blog who claim that pit bulls are unfairly maligned by society. The "proof is in the pudding" as they say, and it's time that we all except the reality that pit bulls and a few other breeds are responsible for most of the human carnage that we are experiencing these days.
marlene May 12, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Shocking, yet another pit bull attack today, a 14 year old girl walking her dog in Corona. The girl was trying to protect her dog from the pit, her ear had to be reattached and the dog may lose an eye. Come on people, this is getting to be a daily occurrence!
Becky Adams May 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Why not confirm that they were in fact a labrador/boxer mix and a bullmastiff, NOT Pitbulls. Report all the facts please.. not just the ones that make good headlines
Becky Adams May 12, 2013 at 03:02 PM
,maybe you should be spouting to kill the labrador mix and the bull mastifff, since those are the breeds of the attacking dogs. Get off your bandwagon and don't believe all the media hype about vicious breeds. Any dog can be vicious, it is not a breed specific trait. I more in favor of euthanizing ignorant people.
marlene May 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Media hype, it's fact. Maybe if you expierenced the mauling of your innocent dog while out for a walk, yes by a pit bull, you'd feel different too. There is nothing as horrendous, not to mention watching your dog in pain as it is sent home with 9 drains hanging out of it's little body from a $10,000 surgery.
marlene May 12, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Facts, not a "media hype" http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2012.php
Educated American May 12, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Too bad it wasn't even pit bulls that attacked this dog, only an idiot who said it was and the media hype. Check out your facts folks... it was a bullmastiff and a lab/boxer mix. If you continue to believe this fools story and spread your wealth of lies, you too are an idiot.
Becky Adams May 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM
You sir, are an idiot.
Alice Fening May 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM
The dogs were a Labrador/Boxer mix and a Bull Mastiff. You Pitbull haters are uneducated fools.
marlene May 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM
"Check your facts", really? obviously you haven't so here you go, check the facts!! http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2012.php
leelee56 May 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM
The point, obviously is that any dog that shows aggression, should be closely watched and if it has attacked someone, it should be put down....sorry, but this is for everyone's safety....and it's common sense....I don't care what it is....however, you can't deny the facts that most attacks these days have to do pit bulls, preso canaros,(sp?) mastiffs, all those large breeds that some people use for status....I have no problem with this statement!!!! None whatsoever!!!
leelee56 May 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM
BTW.....I'm still praying everyday for Charlie.....hope he is ok? : )
Educated American May 14, 2013 at 09:11 PM
There are no "owners of the pits" to sue for damages because neither of the dogs was a pit. There was a lab/boxer mix and a bullmastiff. Facts instead of lies would be a great addition to these comments!
Educated American May 14, 2013 at 09:20 PM
My heart goes out to your dog and I wish him a full recovery. But, as a pit bull advocate, I have issues with you. You immediately scream "pit bulls" and want to pursue BSL? The fact is the dogs were discovered to be a lab/boxer mix and a bull mastiff. You are a huge disappointment and have offended many people. How about a great big apology to the "pits" and community for your lies and misrepresenting the breed? You had all these people coming to your aid and helping your dog... how about manning up yourself and coming to the aid of the "pits" you just caused so much damage to?
ms.sc. May 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Let's get the facts staight sure has plenty of time on their hands. Patch, can you please update us on "Charlie"? Whom according to "lets get the facts straight, was attacked by the Philsberry Dough Boy, the Easter Bunny, Roger Rabbit, Elmer Fudd, oh God yes...even Santa Claus! Ridiculous!! I don't care what "breed" they were, they should be "put down" because they willfully attacked unprovoked and their owner allowed this to happen by not properly keeping them in check. I do hope "let's get the facts straight" isn't attacked by the "boogey man" tonight! He probably won't be as he will be up "surfing the web". No matter what breed attacked, they should be dealt with accordingly for the safety of the community.
marlene May 15, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Fact-pit bull/terrier breeds account for only 5% of the US dog population Fact-pit bull/ terrier breeds account for 63% of human death by dogs
leelee56 May 15, 2013 at 01:35 AM
ms.s.c, and marlene, I love you guys....keep up the good posts....
Mike 0369 May 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM
It is not the breed, but the owner. Many people that want a pitbull are the last ones who should own one. They are a powerful breed and need the right type of owners. My dogs have been attacked. My little old guy was torn up. If I did not get in the fray, he would have been killed. The owner wanted the image the pitbull represents, but was a weak and pathetic individual and the dog did nothing to change that. I personally like all breeds and have worked with many powerful dogs at SC animal shelter. I own a bunch of little dogs because they are cute and cuddly. Also I do not need a big dog to validate I am a man. I honestly have no issues with breed banning, because we can not outlaw stupidity. Unless we severely punish the dog owners with long prison sentences and financially crippling fines, this will continue. Also we have a leash law for a reason, lets start fining these people.
Dan Schonberg May 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM
How about this solution? http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/05/15/royal-oak-ordinance-requires-dangerous-dog-insurance/
Val Hopkins June 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Wow! Marlene & Grant, why not ban blacks & Mexicans, since they're the ones who are the most responsible for rape and murders? Just look at the statistics of inmates in the jail system. THAT is YOUR same ignorant mindset. Your ignorance is sickening. Get the FACTS. Just because you saw it on TV or read it in the Patch doesn't make it true. Go find another hobby!
Judi Cornfield June 26, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I love dogs, but these pits should be put down. Sorry!
Judi Cornfield September 14, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I hope these pits are long gone. Dangerous to have aroun.
KB December 27, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Things that should be removed from society: *Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Type Breeds *All Dangerous dog breeds *Lifted Trucks

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