It was a particularly intense morning just past 9:30am in Hesperia on Friday, July 30, 2021. Police in Hesperia and San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Balsam Avenue in reference to a dog bite. The victim, a 56 year old male had been inside his residence. The man was viciously attacked by both of his Pit Bull dogs. During the attack, the victim says they were eventually able to escape to a bedroom and call 911. As a result of the attack, the victim had suffered major injuries to his extremities. The San Bernardino County Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where he was flown to a trauma center for treatment. Hesperia Animal Control Officers responded with deputies and due to the dogs continued vicious behavior, Animal Control Officers deployed tranquilizer darts which were effective. The dogs were safely removed from the residence and secured. Hesperia Animal Control Officers will continue the investigation.
Officials tell HD Daily News that police were were working to notify the victim's spouse and that the severity of this specific attack is unlike any other that has been seen in recent memory in the city. Both Pit Bulls are in quarantine at the animal shelter. Once the dogs are signed over to officials for permanent custody, they will be euthanized.
There is no word on what specifically caused both dogs to attack their owner.
A 2018 statistic posted to the Dogsbite.org website says that in a 13 year period (2005 - 2017), 35 dog breeds were responsible for 433 deaths. Of those deaths, 66% were from breeds of dogs that were Pit Bull.