VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) – A Hesperia mother of three was assaulted by a trio of Great Danes during her routine walk by Schmidt Park on the afternoon of January 25th, 2024, resulting in numerous injuries.
The 39-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, and her 33-year-old friend were continuing their usual fitness regimen, walking along George Boulevard, when the incident occurred around 4:30 pm.
Along their usual route, the park, typically quiet except for a couple known to walk their Great Danes, became the scene of chaos as the woman encountered the dogs without their owner’s control.
As they neared the intersection of George Boulevard and Nevada Street, the victim said she noticed the dogs’ owner, this time only the woman, lying in the grass with the animals leashed, but unattended.
The approach of the two friends seemed to trigger the dogs, who began barking and charging towards them. Despite attempts to command the dogs to stop, the situation escalated quickly.
Fearing for their safety, the victim turned her back on the animals, hoping to avoid provoking them. However, the dogs encircled her, and one by one, they bit her. During the attack, the victim, believing she might not survive, heard the frantic pleas of her friend yelling at the dog’s owner to intervene.
The owner eventually regained control of her pets and left the scene before assistance could arrive. In the chaotic aftermath, the Hesperia woman wounded and in shock, flagged down an Allied Universal Security personnel who then contacted emergency services.
The victim was treated by AMR at the scene and later transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Apple Valley. She received immediate treatment, including a precautionary rabies vaccination due to the uncertain vaccination history of the attacking dogs.
Images supplied to VVNG reveal considerable bruising featuring distinct puncture marks remaining on the impacted regions.
As she recovers from her physical injuries, the psychological trauma remains intense, she said. A subsequent encounter with another set of dogs just days after the attack triggered a significant emotional reaction.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get over this traumatic experience, and worse of all the feeling the owner left me with when she didn’t stop to help me once she secured her dogs in her car,” the Hesperia mother said.
According to the victim, the Victorville Police Department said that incidents involving animals fall under the jurisdiction of Animal Control.
The victim filed a report with the City of Victorville’s Animal Care & Control (Report #24-00038). However, the owner has yet to be identified, as the image captured of her vehicle, described as a Ford Flex, was too distorted to identify the plates.
“I want animal control to assess her dogs and the situation and if deemed necessary put her dogs down. for all I know this is not the first time they have attacked someone if she fled the scene once I’m sure she’s done it before or she’ll do it again,” the woman said.
This event has deeply affected the victim, who said she finds herself unable to perform daily tasks and care for her children, aged 4, 10, and 11.
“My arms swelled up double the size and got worse as the days passed. I can’t lift my arms up, I can’t dress myself, I can’t clean my house, I can’t cook for my family, I can’t do laundry, I can’t even change my baby’s diaper,’ she said.
Following the experience, the victim urges others to be vigilant and take preventative measures against potential loose pets or other wildlife encounters.
“My advice to everyone, protect yourself, protect your kids, always carry pepper spray, a stick or bat to defend yourself. Maybe if I had protection that day things would have been different,” she told Victor Valley News.
Anyone with information may contact the City of Victorville’s Animal Care & Control.
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