In the News: Pit Bulls Kill California Woman


Pit Bulls Escaped from Nearby Business and Woman is Killed.

A tragedy in Central California underscores the potential danger of the dog breed most commonly involved in fatal attacks. The information comes to us via 23ABC News in Bakersfield. According to officials in Bakersfield, a woman was killed by one owned and one stray pit bull, as well as a mixed breed dog. The woman was originally unidentified. More info comes to us from the Sacramento Bee.

According to the article, the woman was Crystal Lynn Pearigen, aged just 36. According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office coroner, the woman was killed due to multiple injuries. She was found in a Costco parking lot on June 16, suffering from severe dog bite injuries and declared dead on the scene. She was likely dead for hours before being discovered, according to the coroner.

Officials sought Ms. Pearigen’s family members. Officials believe that two of the dogs belonged to a local business. The other dog was likely a stray. Animal control located all three of the dogs involved in the incident. All three were euthanized following the attack. Unfortunately, pit bulls are most commonly involved in severe dog bite injuries. Furthermore, over half of dog attack fatalities are caused by the breed. This is a serious tragedy. Unrestrained pit bulls are a serious concern.

While this incident is high profile, it is far from the only major pit bull attack of note. In one incident, a girl denied service at a KFC restaurant due to facial scars that had been attacked by a pit bull. In other cases, children are the most likely to be attacked by pit bulls.

All dog owners, especially with a potentially dangerous breed, must keep their animal adequately restrained to avoid such attacks. The Bakersfield incident is a warning, and hopefully, a means to avoid future attacks.

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