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91-year-old Woman Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls in Hemet

"It is believed the victim was mauled and killed by both dogs based upon her injuries," a Hemet police spokesman said Monday, adding the incident was "a horrific accident."

A 91-year-old woman died this week after she was apparently mauled to death by her two pit bull dogs, police announced Monday.

The incident happened Friday, at the Motel 6 on Florida Avenue, near Sanderson Avenue, according to Hemet Police Lieutenant Duane Wisehart.

The woman-- who was staying in the motel room with her son and their two dogs-- "had a great deal of trauma to her body," Wisehart said.

"It is believed the victim was mauled and killed by both dogs based upon her injuries," he said.  "Pending autopsy results, at this time it appears to be a horrific accident."

That woman has been identified as Elsie Grace, from Desert Hot Springs.  She was pronounced dead that the hotel by responding AMR personnel, Wisehart said.

Grace's dogs were taken by animal control to the Ramona Humane Society.  The dogs remained there as of Monday afternoon, and the shelter would not disclose if they were going to be euthanized due to the ongoing investigation.

Carla February 21, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Donn, I have owned a Pit Bull, found him as a puppy on the side of the road almost dead from starvation. He was so malnurished and dehydated the vet did not think he would make it. I took him into my home and my family gave this dog alot of love, attention, good healthy food but as soon as the dog got better he started being very agressive with all of us. I wouldn't chance something happening to my children and I gave him to someone that had Pit Bulls and said he could "fix his aggrression". He had him put down 3 weeks later- to much even for him. I have owned many types of dogs and have never had trouble like with a Pit Bull. I love dogs, but they are not worth taking someones life.
debbie bell March 24, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Pits do not need training to maul, any more than a beagle needs training to bark, sniff, chase rabbits. Pits who didn't attack were the ones killed as worthless curs. Some pits are not "good" pits (yet) but good pits do just what these two pits did. Proof that pits are different: essentially all USA dog fighters choose only pits.
debbie bell March 24, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I get my info from the owners of pits who are learning the hard way, after their sweet-as-pie pit suddenly kills the landlord's dog next door, so now the landlord wants the pit GONE now. They call our dog rescue, looking to give up their dos. Or when their raised from puppy pit matures at 9 months and without warning, clamps his jaws into their elderly, larger opposite-sex dog and won't let go. "She was yelping, screaming, trying to get away. He wouldn't let go. We had to beat him with a chair to get her loose." Moments ago, the pit was snuggling on the couch with the other dog; now he's in the cold dark cellar and will probably be a fighting full time pit or dead in a week or so, all because he was being a "good" pit bull. I don't get calls regarding other dog attacks because they just do not do the damage that pits do.
John April 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Pit bulls with good owners that have raised them right, and that have never shown aggression, can without OBVIOUS provocation attack owners, family members, friends, neighbors, etc. And when they do, they do worst harm than most dogs, even kill. I've lived with German shepherds, dobermans, hunting dogs, herding dogs and many others. When they do bite, they stop, and they don't usually go for the face and throat. Pit bulls are dangerous and cannot be justified for anything but fulfilling some inadequacy of the owner. I don't know about you, but none of my GUNS have ever broke through a screen door and attacked 2 ladies like what happened in Tulsa, OK on 3/18/13. Don't try to make this a gun issue!!!
Lipstknlthr May 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
What is it with most of the blue ones? Pretty dogs, but I have yet to meet a really level headed one. I always wanted a blue....now I own 2 of them. Both are a bit sketchy, with one being fairly aggressive when 'playing'...? Neither were raised from a puppy in my home, so I can't be sure about their early months. I've owned pitbulls for 37 years without any problems at all. None! But now.....

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