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.

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.

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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.

Associated Press