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Published on February 28, 2024
Azusa Family Members Mauled by Pit Bulls While Dogsitting; Animals Now in QuarantineSource: Google Street View

Azusa, Calif. became the scene of a horrific dog attack when a man and his mother were viciously mauled by a pack of pit bulls they were dog sitting, as reported by FOX LA. The incident occurred just before noon on Tuesday in the 5000 block of N. Orange Crest in Azusa. Authorities said the man was attacked while trying to watch the dogs in the backyard; when the man's mother attempted to intervene, the dogs turned their aggression on her too.

The victims, identified by Alan Armagnac as his brother and mother, were dog sitting the four pit bulls as a favor for a friend, FOX LA reported. The same dogs were also implicated in multiple noise complaints in recent weeks, adding context to the brutal attack. Witnesses to the aftermath described the chilling scene, with one saying the man's "shirt was ripped open ... he had like blood all over his shirt and his legs," in a statement obtained by CBS News Los Angeles.

Both victims were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. The son's injuries were serious, but he is expected to survive while the mother sustained less severe injuries, as per the authorities. Neighbor Biridiana Gutierrez and her mother witnessed the frightening incident, with Gutierrez recounting how one officer utilized a shovel to push the dogs back and described her fear as "scared," she recounted to FOX LA.

Following the ordeal, Los Angeles County Animal Control responded and the dogs, confirmed to be pit bulls, were captured and taken into custody. According to Animal Control statements given to CBS News Los Angeles, the dogs are now in quarantine. This attack comes on the heels of another tragic incident only days prior, where a Compton man was mauled to death by his own pit bulls as he struggled with multiple pit bulls in his backyard, raising alarm over the breed's aggressive behavior.