13 Pit Bulls In Fatal LA County Mauling Euthanized
13 Pit Bulls In Fatal LA County Mauling Euthanized

13 Pit Bulls In Fatal LA County Mauling Euthanized

COMPTON, CA — Authorities euthanized more than a dozen pit bulls involved in the fatal mauling of a 35-year-old man in his Compton backyard, authorities announced Tuesday.

According to the Department of Animal Care and Control, which took possession of the five adult dogs and eight puppies, all the euthanized animals were involved in the fatal attack that occurred between Thursday night and Friday morning.

“All dogs were euthanized due to evidence linking them to the attack,” according to a DACC spokesman. “Given the potential threat posed to the community, this action was deemed necessary.”

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, surveillance video caught, at least, part of the attack, which was believed to have occurred around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Thursday in the backyard of a home in the 900 block of North Thorson Avenue.

Dominic Cooper, 35, of Compton, died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner, which listed his cause of death as “deferred.”

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The investigator said the man appeared to have been feeding the dogs when some of them began fighting, leading to the attack.

A woman who told police she was Cooper’s girlfriend reported the attack to police Friday morning when she discovered his body and required rescuing from the backyard amid the pack of agitated dogs.

Investigators believe Cooper was breeding and selling the dogs, which included eight puppies ranging in age from four to six months old.

The dogs, which were formally signed over to the county by Cooper’s father, were taken to the Downey Animal Care Center to be examined before they were euthanized.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.


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