A brutal assault by two dogs last Friday morning killed an 80-year-old woman, raising doubts about whether that specific dog breed should be kept as a companion.
At about 11 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department were called to the vicinity of Vinton Street and Mesa Road in Baldy Mesa.
According to the police, Soon Han, the victim, was out on a morning stroll when she was attacked.
The 80-year-old woman was discovered dead on the dirt highway by an eye witness, who thought she was assaulted by two dogs from a nearby residence.
The revelation surprised neighbors who saw Han walking practically every day.
“It makes me really, extremely emotional since she was so kind,” a neighbor only known as Guadalupe said.
Guadalupe stated that she has observed the two dogs running freely and that she has locked her gate whenever they get close to her little children and four pets.
“I saw them wandering, presumably got out,” Guadalupe told KTLA. As an owner, it’s our responsibility to be accountable for our pets. “We should be conscious when they are not inside our home.”
Unfortunately, Han died at the scene. The area is still decorated with flowers.
San Bernardino County Animal Control responded and arrested both dogs, awaiting an investigation. According to authorities, both dogs are Dogo Argentinos, a breed that was developed about a century ago to guard family and property.
The dog should be kept outside the house and away from the children. You’ll see what I mean. It’s not about that, or about the fact that it couldn’t be good for its family. Anyone who ventures near the land might face a life-or-death situation. ”
Colleen Lynn, who is the president of DogsBite.org, an advocacy organization for dog bite victims told KTLA that the breed is becoming more popular, particularly in California. She feels that as the population grows, so will the number of attacks. She also stated that it is the responsibility of the owner to keep the pets safe.
“Instead of running here and there, these dogs should be tied up in a safe place. I don’t care how long away it is,” Lynn said.
The official AKC Parent Club for the Dogo Argentino in the United States, the Dogo Argentino Club of America, issued the following statement to KTLA:
“The Dogo Argentino is a robust, tenacious, and rustic breed that was developed in Argentina in the 1920s to guard family and property while also hunting enormous game.”
The breed is a devoted friend both at home and on the hunt. The Dogo Argentino is still used for hunting all over the world today. Dogs are also quite clever, make excellent security dogs and family pets, and are easily trained in the appropriate household. The breed is suitable for an owner with previous experience with huge breeds. Dogs require a family with strict limits and an outlet for exercise and training. Aggression is not permitted. They are incredibly loving and like pleasing their family.
The Dogo Argentino is a great dog for competent owners who want a loyal, high-energy working breed. It requires thorough training as well as mental and physical stimulation. When selecting the breed, it is critical to locate a reliable breeder and mentor.”