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Woman's Arms 'Stripped Down to the Bone' After Vicious Dog Attack Near Cerritos KinderCare

The victim suffered serious wounds to both of her arms as a result of the unprovoked attack on Wednesday afternoon.

A 67-year-old woman was viciously attacked by a 120-lb. Akita while walking near Cerritos KinderCare Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, who works at a nearby dental office, was taking her routine afternoon power walk near the KinderCare off Carmenita Road at about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday when she was mauled by the large dog, Cerritos Sheriff's Station Capt. Keith Swennson told Patch.

"Three women who saw what was happening, including a woman who is eight months pregnant, immediately came to the victim's rescue and started beating the dog to free her from its bite," Swennson said. 

The attack left "both of the woman's arms stripped down to the bone," the captain said, adding that she reportedly suffered serious nerve damage in one of her arms. 

The victim was rushed to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where she underwent extensive surgery Wednesday night, according to Swennson. 

Responding deputies helped corner the dog, which had somehow escaped from its owner's backyard on Droxford Street, the captain said. The animal was eventually picked up by Long Beach Animal Care Services, which is contracted by the Cerritos Station/Community Safety Center.

It is not immediately known what will happen to the dog next, but for the victim, a long road of recovery from the traumatic ordeal is likely ahead.

"If not for the aide of these women, it could have been far worse," Swennson said, commending the trio for their steadfast thinking and assistance.

Originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan, the Akita is a large spitz breed of dog that can weigh anywhere from 100-to-130 pounds.

Reminder of Cerritos Leash Laws

To avoid any dog from getting seriously injured or lost, or of causing harm to the neighborhood, the city of Cerritos requires all dogs to be kept on a leash no more than six feet long when they are on any public street, public park, alley or public place, or on any unenclosed land or property. Dogs seen roaming free may be picked up by Animal Care Services, and their owners may be fined. 

Long Beach Animal Care Services is available on a 24-hour emergency call basis to pick up stray, injured or dead animals. The office is located at 7700 East Spring St. in Long Beach and can be reached by calling (562) 570-7387. 

Jonathan Cordero April 25, 2013 at 07:21 PM
In my own opinion, the owner should be held accountable for their dog's actions. It's very sad to hear that a woman was mauled for no apparent reason except for walking by. Even if the owner is not found to be "at fault", I hope they just do the right thing and at the very least, help with the victim's medical expenses. Back in my old neighborhood in West Long Beach, I was bitten by a big dog while skateboarding down the street. I think it was a mastiff, but all I received were bruises on my arm and leg due to the dog not having any teeth. The story behind that is the dog had numerously gotten out of the owner's yard and caused all kinds of havoc on that block and neighboring streets. Apparently the owner was fined several times and then was finally sued due to a person being bitten. The judged ordered them to either decide to put the dog down or have all of the dog's teeth pulled. So evidently the dog’s teeth were pulled and that's why I only received bruises. Not certain how true the story is since it was told to me by my friend's older brother who lived the next block over. Like I said before, I hope the owners do the right thing. Just imagine… what if it was one of the children at the KinderCare were to be bitten or mauled? My heart and prayers go out to the victim for a speedy recovery and to the owners for an appropriate moral decision.
vampares April 26, 2013 at 01:11 AM
When the deterrent is insufficient the dog is "let off the leash" once and again. When the cleansing mechanism of society fails -- will you not see another story like this one?
Julie Vilaseca April 26, 2013 at 05:09 AM
My friend was the one who was 8 months pregnant. She said it was very scary, and she was just glad she could help!!
ban pit bulls April 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM
very sad to hear . I hope she has a speedy recovery and the dog is put down.
Mary April 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM
I see dogs in my neighborhood roaming the streets in the middle of the night. It looks like the owners let them loose so they could relieve themselves in somebody's else yard. I'm really tired of having to pick up up dogs poop in my front yard. Signs should be posted that dogs should be on leashes and or will get a fine, maybe owners will listen. My prayers go out to this poor woman and kudos to those three women who put their lives in danger especially the pregnant woman.
Dennis Baker May 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM
While anti BSL, pro pit advocates celebrate what they consider victories. We mourn another death . Thus far this year there have been 14 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. In all but one of these deaths only one breed (type) of dog has been the killer . Please Pray for the families and loved ones of the following.(Carlton Freeman, 80 years old) (Pamela Marie Devitt, 63 years old )(Rachael Honabarger, 35 years old)(Beau Rutledge, 2 years old)(Jordyn Arndt 4 years old )( Claudia Gallardo, 38 years old ) (Tyler Jett, 7 years old ) (Monica Renee Laminack, 21 months old) (Daxton Borchardt, 14 months old ) ( Ryan Maxwell, 7 years old ) (Isaiah Aguilar, 2 years old ) ( Esile Grace, 91 years old ) (Christian Gormanous, 4 years old ) (Betty Todd, 65 years old ) What kind of people find celebration while lives are lost. At this rate within the next 10 to 20 days We will be adding another innocent victim to this list. Please join Us to bring regulation that will reduce the mauling and killing.https://www.facebook.com/ProtectChildrenFromPitBulls?hc_location=timeline

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