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Woman, 85, Mauled By Pit Bull In Moreno Valley

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MORENO VALLEY (CBS) —  An 85-year-old Moreno Valley woman was mauled Friday by a neighbor’s pit bull, a Riverside County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The victim, who was not identified, was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. at her residence “with severe wounds,” according to Lt. Chad Bianco.

The woman’s daughter called 911 after speaking with her mother on the telephone and detecting signs of distress, as though she might have suffered a stroke, Bianco said.

Deputies were sent to the residence, along with medical personnel, and discovered the injured victim, who said she had been attacked by the dog, according to Bianco.

It was not immediately clear what, if anything, provoked the attack.

“She was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she underwent surgery for numerous puncture wounds to her body and severe wounds to her arms,” Bianco said.

The pit bull was seized by officers from the Department of Animal Services. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the matter, Bianco said.

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