A Riverside woman suffered bites on her right thigh and buttocks when she was attacked by three pit bulls as she and her daughter returned home from a high school awards ceremony.
Leesa Lyon was attacked inside the Corona Pointe Apartments complex in the 3900 block of Pierce Street, said John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, in a news release.
It was about 10:20 p.m. Monday, May 14, when Lyon and her daughter got out of their car and began walking to their apartment when they saw the dogs run at them, Lyon told Riverside police and an Animal Services sergeant who responded to the 911 calls of the daughter and others who witnessed the attack.
Lyon, who drove herself to a hospital for treatment of the dog bites, said she was attacked when she put herself between her daughter and the charging dogs, whose behavior she later described as frenzied.
“I told her, ‘Run! Run!’ Thank God she listened to me,” Welsh quoted Lyon as saying later. “I stood between her and them. Thank goodness she got to the car.”
The dogs will be quarantined for 10 days at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, Welsh said. They could be held longer depending upon the outcome of a potential dangerous-dog hearing, the date of which has yet to be set, he said.
The dogs, all female, have not been spayed, are unlicensed and unvaccinated, he said.
Lyon said the dogs earlier charged a man taking out his trash, Welsh related. He had to jump into the trash bin to keep from being attacked.