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Two Dogs Attack Man Walking Dog, Injure Both

A man and the dog he was walking were injured in a dog attack on Friday after the two animals jumped them from behind while out on a walk. Both man and dog required medical attention.

A man and the dog he was walking were both injured seriously enough to require medical attention after they were attacked by two dogs on Friday evening near the intersection of Figueroa Drive and Casitas Avenue.

Ken Hayashi, a neighborhood resident, told Patch he was walking an elderly neighbor's dog that he regularly helps with and never saw the animals coming.  He said the dogs that attacked him were two pit bulls that are usually locked behind a gate near his home.  Hayashi said he never saw them coming.

"The dogs came from behind and they surprised the heck out of me," Hayashi said.

Lt. Duane Allen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed that deputies were called to the scene and that Hayashi was transported to the hospital following the attack, which took place around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.  

Hayashi said he is now feeling OK, but did need stitches in several areas where he was bitten.  The dog he was walking, a dachshund mix named Sammi Jo, had serious punctures to her neck which required stitches.  A photo of her injuries can be viewed above.

According to Hayashi, the owners of the dogs have given the animals over to the Animal Control Department since the attack.  A department spokeswoman was unable to find record of the dogs or the attack when contacted by Patch, but said she would continue to try to find out more about the dogs.

Lois Todd, a neighbor of Hayashi's who brought the attack to the attention of Altadena Patch, said she has been concerned about aggressive dogs in her neighborhood for a long time.

Todd, a dog owner herself, said she feels like the neighborhood is not a good place for smaller dogs.

"It seems like there is a pit bull at every house," Todd said.

Todd brought Sammi Jo to a clinic in Eagle Rock following the attack.  She said the dog is a rescue and is nervous around people, which made it hard for the vets to take care of her wounds.  She said Sammi Jo had two wounds on her upper neck and back that needed to be drained, as well as punctures in the ears.

Todd said she was unhappy with the response of the Sheriff's Department, and wished someone had taken away the attacking dogs immediately following the incident.

Lt. Allen said department policy with dog attacks is to contact Animal Control and have them handle the dogs.  He said the department will intervene if they witness an attack, but if the dogs are secure behind a gate, as the attacking dogs were by the time deputies got to the scene, then they contact Animal Control to follow up.

Sometimes that can take several hours or longer, Allen said.

Hayashi said his understanding is that the pit bull owners contacted Animal Control to have the dogs taken away.  

Additionally, Hayashi said he was unhappy with comments that deputies on the scene made to him when they arrived: he said that the first thing the deputy said was to ask him if he spoke English or not.  Hayashi, who is Asian-American and was born in California, said he took offense, especially because he was bleeding and clearly needed medical attention.

Hayashi said he has not filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Department, and Allen said he has no record of anyone in the neighborhood filing a complaint about how the department handled the incident.

Patch will update this story with more information from the Animal Control Department if it becomes available.

Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Hey Jonathan - If you can tell me the cross streets I'll add it to our map of dog attacks: http://altadena.patch.com/articles/map-of-dog-attacks
Mary Novak May 09, 2012 at 11:20 PM
"Travis"- Any person with sense would not have a six month old in the same room with either. This is not a "rather have" question. "A friend" is a neighbor of mine and she was 8 months pregnant, walking with another pregnant woman, minding her own business, when she was attacked by two pit bulls. A gun, loaded or not, does not get up and attack you. A pit bull does. Neither the the presence of pit bulls nor guns makes our neighborhoods safer.
Charles D May 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
9 or 10 years ago, I called the Baldwin Park animal control regarding a stray dog hiding behind a shopping mall or business center inside bushes. I gave them the correct address and specific instructions on how to locate the dog. To my horror, exactly one month later I find the same dog hiding inside the bushes at the same location. Once again, I called to request for service.....
Mike McLellan May 10, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Yes , I have a very nice yard and a sweet Stratfordshire Terrier (pit bull) in it!! What a shallow comment from an ill informed ignorant person. This dog is the sweetest lap dog I have ever had! Owners make dogs personalities. Wake up people.
Nico May 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hi Mike, I know you love your dog, but please don't kid yourself about the potential for a fatal attack if it gets angry. My friends are well off, have a large fancy home and had a pit bull since puppyhood. They doted on it, put bows on its head, took it everywhere with them. Last week at a doggie park, the dog got angry about something and went for another dogs neck. The pit's owner tried to pull him off and the pit went after him, his own beloved owner, and nearly severed the man's elbow from his arm. A long surgery after, and after the other dog died, the man realized he had been in denial. His own dog turned on him, and was in such a frenzy that he could not recognize his own master. So maybe these stories won't convince you until a disaster strikes. You have had many warnings..hopefully you won't ignore them or make fun of them.
carrie Meyers May 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM
LA County law is that all dogs and cats have to be chipped and fixed or they will be subject to fines. Animal Control needs to go door to door and check who's dogs are not fixed or chipped. When I moved to Altadena with in a few weeks animal control came to my door and fined me because I did not have my dogs registered threw LA county. I asked him why he was coming to my house in the first place and he said because the person that owned the house before us had 2 dogs and they did not pay there fee's this year and that's how I got nailed.
khadija May 11, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Chris, how exactly do you describe a "banger"?
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 03:52 AM
A criminal street gang is defined as any organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, which (1) has continuity of purpose, (2) seeks a group identity, and (3) has members who individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity. (Reference section 186.22(f) of the California Penal Code).
khadija May 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM
And Lisa, how would one determine that by watching a person walk their dog down the street?
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
khadija, I know it when I see it and so do you.
khadija May 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Lisa, you are completely wrong. I do not racially profile people. You are directing your comment to the wrong person. You know NOTHING about me or my family, and if i didn't think I would get thrown off Patch for swearing right now, 2 words beginning with F and Y, I would do so.
khadija May 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Travis, I know lots of "nice yards" that hold pit bulls. Racist much?
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM
khadija, very sad that you have to resort to calling someone a racist when the comment has nothing to do with race. Also, Travis Bickle is the name of a fictional character from the movie Taxi Driver, so you should not be paying much attention to this poster, much less calling him a racist.
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
khadija, you have turned this conversation sour by transforming this dog and gang issue into a race issue and for using profanity/fighting words. Sad.
khadija May 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Lisa, Chris, the original poster was the one who turned the talk into one of gang members and racial stereotyping, as was your response. I was calling him out, as I was with you.
Lisa Hastings May 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
khadija, again, so sad that you see this discussion as racial stereotyping :(
Lois Todd May 12, 2012 at 05:03 AM
This comment has nothing to do with race. It is so sad when someone brings race into an issue. Usually the person that does is the racist. Someone can make a comment about a race without being a racist. For example if I say that most of the players in the NBA are black, that is a comment about a race but it is in no way a racist comment.
Lois Todd May 12, 2012 at 05:34 AM
This entire incident keeps getting more disturbing. I just found out that at least one of the dogs is back with the owner. I spoke with someone at the Sherrif's department and the conversation justified that there is something seriously wrong with how the Sherrif's department handled this situation, their policies, and laws related to attacks by known vicious dog breeds. The person I spoke with at first told me that he was one of the responders; however, when I mentioned the comment that was made to Ken he told me he didn't know any thing about it because he wasn't there. He tried to justify the comment by saying that maybe the deputy said "Sir" first and when Ken didn't answer he then questioned him about whether he spoke English or not. I wasn't there; however, I've known Ken for several years and I would believe him over the Sherrif's department any day. If people are going to own dogs that are known to be vicious and the dogs attack another dog or human, the owners should be arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. I'm going to try to convince Ken and the owner of Sammi Jo to file a civil lawsuit against the owners of the pit bulls and for Ken to file a formal complaint with the Sherrif's department. At the very least they owe Ken a fomal public apology and the deputy who insulted him should be diciplined if not fired. If you haven't noticed, I'm very passionate about this attack as Ken, Sammi Jo, and her owner are very dear to me.
ilovethesimpsons May 12, 2012 at 06:28 AM
This whole conversation reminds me of the Simpsons episode where they are afraid of bears and they get mad and request the mayor to have "Bear patrol" The city is then transformed into every other car on the street being a bear patol with sirens and helicopters flying everywhere. I guess this will make these people happy, but with dog catchers. If you don't like the neighborhood you are in move out with the other racists.
Lois Todd May 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Once again another ignorant racist comment. Race had nothing to do with why I brought this story to Patch. Other than Ken being Asain-American, do you and Khadija have any idea the race of the other people involved. Unless you witnessed the attack, I don't see how you could. It just amazes me how the two of you can take the comments made by concerned residents of this community and twist them into a race issue then suggest that the concerned citizens move out of their neighborhood. Race is not an excuse for stupidity.
Lisa Hastings May 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
khadija and others who keep making these baseless, ignorant comments about me and others who merely state the facts, are part of the problem that keep the criminal gangs in business in Altadena.
Liz H. May 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Lame analogy. When the bear-owners in my neighborhood start letting their bears out to attack folks on the street, I'll expect the sheriff's department to take some action against the owners. In the meantime, my hope is that they'll do a better job of addressing the problem at issue.
Lois Todd May 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I would also like to point out a few more facts about this attack. First of all there were actually 3 dogs involved, all three of the dogs are apparently owned by the same person. Only two of the dogs were seen biting Ken and Sammi Jo. The third dog was apparently older, it is very lIkely that dog would have bitten Ken and Sammi Jo if given the chance. Therefore, the only acceptable result should be for all three dogs to be euthanized. In addition to criminal and civil charges being brought against the irresponsible owner, they should never be allowed to own another animal.
Lisa Hastings May 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Euthanizing the dogs is not the answer and is wrong. The dogs deserve a chance at rehabilitation with a responsible pet parent. Pasadena Humane Society used to take in pit bulls and not allow them to be adopted out. Now, they rehabilitate them and place many of them with responsible owners. You do have the right to sue the irresponsible pet owners and try to collect damages.
Sonja-Sophie May 13, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Hi Travis - I would prefer the gun in the room with the 6-month old. NEVER EVER LEAVE AN INFANT/TODDLER with a large breed dog alone in a room! A gun won't go off unless a PERSON USES IT - a DOG is much less predictable. Before you draw conclusions about me - I used to do a 2 hr bike-ride every weekend as a kid to visit friends who bred and trainer German Shepherds for Police use mostly, because I loved being with the dogs. And thought I've shot guns both in clubs and in the US Army, I do NOT SUPPORT people owning guns all over the place. But given your choice from above, I'll have to say I wouldn't EVER trust the pit bull alone with a small child. Pit bulls were bred to be fighting dogs, and though some can be sweet I guess, they have been created over generation to be more lethal than other dogs. And it's solely us humans who are at fault, but that's exactly why we also should consider to have less pit bulls around. What;s wrong with owning a less controversial breed?
ilovethesimpsons May 13, 2012 at 05:41 AM
"Asain-American" Stoooopid speller. "It is very likely the older dog would have bitten if given a chance" Well if you know the future and can read dogs minds you should be making millions of dollars for better policing of animals and get off this computer. If a dog has the potential to bit some, euthanize them? WOW, someone has some issues.
Lois Todd May 13, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I would say you are the person with issues. Did you witness the attack, do you know any of the individuals involved, did you take Sammi Jo to the emergency pet clinic, did you take her to the vet to have a tube removed from her neck. What if it was your dog, father, or child that was attacked, would you be so smug. Yes I strongly feel that all three dogs should be euthanized and I don't give a rats crack what you or anyone else thinks about me.
MtnManMike May 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It does seem that we are ignoring the obvious...Pit Bulls are responsible for the majority of maulings, injuries, and attacks in these parts. It is partially because the breed is incredibly attractive to an irresponsible group of people. It is also true that this breed (notice the word breed) was bred to be an aggressive one. Combine those two facts, and you have a volatile situation. I am sure that the dogs are loving and loyal pets. Even the loving ones can become extremely dangerous around other dogs. Remember that they were bred for many years to be both aggressive and tenacious, meaning they will continue to attack until you or your dog are shredded.
khadija May 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Here we go again. I have about 10 friends who own pitties and none of them fall into this category: "an irresponsible group of people". People need to QUIT stereotyping people AND dogs.
Lois Todd May 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
MtnManMike, thank you for your comment. To those few individuals who are possibly getting ready to accuse Mike of stereotyping people and dogs, before you do you should pay more attention to the words in the post. Mike did not say that every single person who has a pit is irresponsible. However, taking into consideration the number of severe and fatal attacks on people and other dogs, there are definitely enough documented facts that support that vicious dog breeds such as pit bulls are attractive to an irresponsible group of people.

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