Note: The family of the victim have posted a GoFundMe at this link.
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Feb. 5, 2020, at about 7:10 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Little Fairfield Street, in the county’s jurisdiction of Eureka, for the report of a dog attack in progress.
Deputies arrived on scene and located a 59-year-old female victim with serious injuries related to a dog attack. The victim was given emergency medical treatment by first responders on scene and then was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition. The dog, identified as a pit bull, had already been contained upon deputy arrival.
While conducting their investigation, deputies learned that the dog’s owner was outside with the dog when the victim reportedly walked by. For unknown reasons, the dog reportedly escaped its harness and attacked the victim.
Deputies took custody of the dog and it was transported to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter where it is being held pursuant to Humboldt County Code § 542-13 and § 547-14.
This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.