A man was killed by three Belgian malinois' and a cane corso in Jurupa Valley.
Dogs Kill Man
Jurupa Valley, CA - On Tuesday, a man was attacked and killed by four dogs near Jurupa Valley High School. Riverside County Animal Services responded to a property at the corner of Bellegrave Avenue and Martin Street after receiving a call from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for assistance. Deputies arrived at the property -- a residential home converted into a business -- at about 7:30 am after someone called 911 with a report of a person screaming.
The property owner was not present during the fatal mauling. When he returned, he surrendered all four dogs to officials -- three Belgian malinois dogs and one cane corso -- for humane euthanasia. The victim’s identity has not been released. “He was reportedly at the property to do some work for the owner. It was also reported that the victim did some prior work for the man and had been at the property previously without incident,” states a release from animal services.
Owning three Belgian malinois -- a breed most often used for police and protection ("bite") work -- is usually the role of a professional dog handler, not someone wanting a few “guard dogs.” The fourth dog, a cane corso, also used in protection work, just adds fuel to the fire. Both breeds are typically costly and papered. But the owner surrendered all four dogs, which is atypical behavior of an owner of purebred working breeds. Perhaps he had become afraid of his protection dogs?
NBC Los Angeles identified the business that owns the property, which is an electrical company. The property used to be a home that was converted into a supply yard for the business. "Beware of Dog" signs are posted all around the property, along with a "Guard Dog on Duty" sign. There are multiple surveillance cameras on the property too; the fatal dog attack might have been captured on one of them. The footage also shows two large metal dog pens on the property.
Two other dogs were found on the property that apparently were not involved in the attack. One neighbor said the dogs would often escape because workers entering and exiting the business would leave the gate open. On several occasions, she has seen the dogs chase students coming to and from the high school across the street. "It's scary," she said. The school's crossing guard has also been alarmed by the dogs being loose in the past, shouting at the dogs to "Go home!"
The Press Enterprise identified the victim as 42-year old Mateo Salvador. He had been hired to do construction work on the property and was attacked by the four dogs as soon as he entered the property. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies found him unresponsive in the front yard suffering from dog bite injuries. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died at 8:15 am Tuesday morning. Salvador had previously worked at the property without incident.
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