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4 pit bulls blamed for S. Calif. jogger’s killing

PALMDALE, Calif. — A pack of dogs was under quarantine at a Mojave Desert shelter on Friday as investigators tried to determine whether they were involved in a mauling that killed a jogger.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide investigators had not announced a DNA match between the six pit bulls seized Thursday and the four believed to have attacked the woman, Deputy Guillermina Saldana said.

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The coroner’s office identified her as Pamela Marie ­Devitt, 63, a resident.

A woman in a car saw pit bulls attacking the runner 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles. She honked to try to get the dogs to stop, sheriff’s Lieutenant John Corina said.

An arriving deputy saw a dog still attacking the jogger and tried to chase it, Corina said.

“The dog ran off into the desert, then turned around and attacked the deputy,” who took a shot at the animal before it ran off, Corina said.

The woman died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

Officials served a warrant on a home near the attack site and took eight dogs — six pit bulls and two mixed-breeds. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.

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