PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — DNA testing was being conducted on several pit bulls Friday after a 63-year-old jogger was mauled to death in the high desert.READ MORE: Thomas Apollo Of Poway Charged With Attacking Workers At Tustin Vaccine Clinic, Groping Nurse Trying To Treat Him
The attack happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 116th Street East and Avenue S in Littlerock, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call about the attack and arrived to find a pack of dogs mauling Pamela Marie Devitt of Littlerock. A deputy fired rounds into the air, causing the dogs to flee into the desert.
Devitt “was dragged 50 yards, scalped and her arm removed. We’ve gotta do something about it; they’re killing machines,” Tony Bell, spokesperson for LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, said.
Devitt died on the way to the hospital.
Reporting for KCAL9, Jeff Nguyen said Devitt was the mother of two and had one grandchild.
A retiree who loved to garden, she routinely took walks and jogged near her home.
The victim’s husband, Ben Devitt, said “She had an iPod. I think that’s how they took her by surprise. Because my wife is not a weak person and I’m sure if she was aware of the dogs she would’ve been able to fend them off.”
He said Sheriff’s detectives came to his door when he came home last night from work “and they handed me her iPod. They asked me if I could identify it, which I could, because it was hers.”
The victim’s husband doesn’t blame the dogs. “I blame the people who don’t take responsibility for their animals,” he said.
Authorities located eight dogs – six pit bulls and two mix breeds – at a residence in the 37300 block of 115th Street, about a quarter mile from the attack, KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports.READ MORE: Vigil Held For ‘Dedicated, Outstanding, Compassionate’ Nurse Killed In Bus Stop Attack Near Union Station