JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (March 8, 2023) — A fatal dog attack in Jurupa Valley happened Tuesday at Bellegrave Avenue and Martin Street.
The four dogs attacked and killed Mateo Salvador, 42, as he was working on a property across the street from Jurupa Valley High School, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
Someone called 911 for help after they heard the man’s screams near the intersection, the Orange County Register reported.
Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and Animal Services officers responded around 7:30 a.m. on March 7th. The victim had reportedly worked on the property previously without incident, according to an Animal Services representative.
Meanwhile, the property owner was not at the scene at the time of the attack. The man returned to his property and later surrendered his four dogs to be euthanized. The property is a home that had been converted into a business, news reports said.
The animals included three Belgian Malinois and one Cane Corso breed similar but much larger than a pit bull.
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There is no known history at this property involving the dogs, according to Animal Services. Also, the dogs were contained on their property at the time of the attack.
“This is a tragedy for the family of the man who died in this vicious dog attack,” said James Johnson, a Riverside County personal injury attorney.
The incident remains under investigation.
Dog Bite Attacks in California
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Every day one thousand people are treated at hospitals in the United States for dog bite injuries or attacks. Our state ranks second in the country for the number of injuries and deaths due to vicious dog attacks. Overall, nationwide there are roughly 4.5 million dog attacks annually.
Also, in 2020, U.S. homeowners insurance policies paid victims of dog attacks some $854 million in liability claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Johnson Attorneys Group handles personal injury claims due to dog bite attacks, trip and fall accidents and other incidents. We do not represent any of the parties mentioned above. We do not intend to represent any of the parties. If you would like to contribute to this story or you have legal questions, please contact us.
Source: OCR, RCSD, RCAC
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