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NEIGHBORS' PIT BULLS ATTACK ELDERLY MAN.

Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer

LITTLEROCK - An elderly man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday after being mauled by his neighbors' three pit bull dogs, which dug under the fence into his back yard, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, was attacked in his back yard in the 9800 block of East Avenue Q-4 about 9 a.m. and he apparently managed to climb the fence and escape into the street, officials said.

``We're not entirely sure why the dogs stopped or why they attacked,'' said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Richard Robinson. ``We don't really know how he escaped the attack but he was lying in blood-soaked clothes in the middle of the street. There was a blood trail leading from his back yard to where he was found.''

The man suffered serious cuts and tears over his entire body and had lost a great deal of blood, officials said. He was flown by helicopter to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and was listed in serious condition.

The dogs were taken by Los Angeles County Animal Control and may be destroyed pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said. No one was home at the house where the dogs apparently came from, officials said.

Los Angeles County Animal Control officials say they talked later to a juvenile relative of the dogs' owners, but could not immediately locate the owners.

Animal control officials say they are investigating the attack as a case of ``potentially dangerous'' dogs. They will present their findings to the District Attorney's Office.

Officials are unsure if the victim was in his back yard when the dogs dug through or if he went in the back yard after the dogs were there.

They believe the man somehow managed to free himself from the attack and climb the fence before collapsing in the street.

When deputies and firefighters arrived, they found all three dogs still in the victim's back yard and the man lying in the street. Someone had called to report a man with torn clothing lying in the street.
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