On June 27, 2022, at 1:37 p.m., Mission patrol officers responded to a vicious animal attack in progress at the 15900 block of Joseph Court in Sylmar. The comments of the call stated, “Two Large Dogs Attacking a Female Pedestrian.”
Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) personnel located the victim, a 49-year-old female who was being attacked by two Cane Corso Italian Mastiff dogs, each weighing approximately 100 pounds. The victim was in a walkway on the east side of the residence behind a five-foot tall, locked gate. When officers arrived, they witnessed both dogs still mauling the victim, who was crying for help. Realizing that LAFD personnel were unable to breach the metal gate, one officer fired multiple rounds at one of the dogs striking it in the torso area. Both dogs immediately fled to the rear of the residence. Officers were then able to breach the gate and escorted LAFD personnel in to rescue the victim.
A review of the home surveillance footage revealed that the victim was attacked by both dogs for approximately 19 minutes. The victim sustained numerous puncture wounds and deep lacerations to the arms, legs, torso and neck area. At the time of this report, the victim was in surgery and expected to survive.
The dog struck by gunfire died at scene while the other dog was removed from the residence by the Department of Animal Regulations.
No officers were injured during this incident.
Force Investigation Division (FID) detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.