9 dogs seized, 2 people injured after dog attack in Magalia

Two people are in the hospital with serious injuries after they were attacked by a pack of vicious dogs in Magalia.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 4:03 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - Two people are in the hospital with serious injuries after they were attacked by a pack of vicious dogs in Magalia.

Butte County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call just at 8:54 a.m. on Thursday morning in the area of Rosewood Drive in Magalia. A neighbor reported that there was a vicious dog attack and there could be as many as three victims. 

When deputies arrived, they found a neighbor with serious injuries who was later transported to the hospital. 

During the attack, the Butte County Animal Control Officers were in court with the dogs' owner, 64-year-old Peter Ricca of Magalia, regarding earlier complaints about the dogs. 

Animal control seized nine dogs who will be guaranteed to determine whether they have any associated health issued. Four other dogs were quarantined on the scene under the care of the owner. 

Deputies learned that a second victim had already been transferred to the hospital and was in surgery for several major injuries and numerous minor injuries due to dog bites. 

The incident is under investigation by the Butte County Sheriff's Office and Butte County Animal Control. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7321.  

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