Los Angeles, CA – Last Thursday morning, 63-year-old Pamela Devitt was brutally mauled to death by several pit bulls while out jogging. Now police are investigating Devitt’s death as a possible homicide.
A passing motorist saw Devitt laying face down on the ground while several of the dogs were attacking her. She tried honking her horn to scare the dogs away, but they attacked her car, biting its tires. The driver called 911 and the responding officer tried to chase the dogs away, but was also attacked. The deputy fired a round at the dog which ran off into the desert.
But it was too late for Devitt. The poor woman had been dragged 50 yards, scalped, and had one of her arms ripped off. She would die in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Devitt, a married mother of two, often went jogging in the morning.
Police would seize six pit bulls and two mixed-breed dogs at the home of 29-year-old Alex Jackson after receiving information from Animal Control that he owned pit bulls that have been aggressive in the past. Jackson was arrested after it was found he was growing marijuana in his home. But that’s the least of his worries.
Investigators are currently waiting on DNA test results to find which dogs were involved in the attack. If any of the dogs are found to have participated in the killing of Devitt, they may be put to death and Jackson may be looking at homicide charges.
Neighbors said the dogs attacked a man on a horse with two children earlier in the week, and another man said they attacked him and his horse in January. Neighbors say they also have video of the dogs hopping the fence where they live.
Tony Bell, spokesperson for LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, said he wants state laws changed regarding aggressive dogs in order to make communities safer. “To ask state legislature to allow local government to pass their own ordinances, breed specific if you will. We’re not talking about bans necessarily. We’re talking enhanced enforcement on pit bulls and the owners,” Bell said.