SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman whose bloodied body was found behind a North County house along with eight bulldogs last weekend was fatally mauled by one or more of the canines, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
The 30-year-old victim, who had been hired to clean the home in the 1300 block of Calle Tecolotlan in Fallbrook while the residents were out of town, was found dead about 5:15 p.m. Sunday by a cousin arriving to give her a ride home, sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.
Deputies had to call animal control officers to secure the sizable animals, which were running loose in the yard.
An autopsy determined that the victim, whose name was being withheld pending family notification, died of "penetrating, mauling and blunt-force injuries" inflicted by at least one of the dogs, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
The county Department of Animal Services took custody of the canines and will "continue the investigation to determine whether ... any criminal charges will be filed against the homeowners," Giannantonio said.
The muscular, strong-framed dogs, one of which weighs more than 100 pounds, were being held at a pound in Carlsbad, according to DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa. The one or ones that are found to have attacked the victim will be deemed non-adoptable and euthanized, he said.
"We have to ensure the safety of the public," DeSousa said.
While deputies were checking to make sure no one else had been injured by the animals, they found two dozen live marijuana plants in a rear bedroom of the home, the sheriff's lieutenant said.
Investigators with the San Diego County Narcotics Task Force were called in to impound the cannabis and determine who was responsible for its presence in the residence.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials are increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased fire activity.
It was a hopping good time in Balboa Park on Sunday at the 8th annual Bunnyfest. Hundreds joined the San Diego House Rabbit Society for a big playdate that's all for a good cause. The money raised Sunday will go towards helping the rabbit society find loving homes for their adoptable bunnies.
An early morning vegetation and trash fire at a homeless encampment threatened nearby condos and resulted in at least one injury Sunday.
A major construction project at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be completed ahead of schedule, officials said Sunday.
After a fall-like and mild weekend, temperatures are expected to heat up around San Diego throughout the week.
The city's search for the next top cop is underway as police chief Shelly Zimmerman prepares to step down in March.
More than 200 surfers paddled out for a daunting day-long challenge Saturday inspired by young men in the community facing a far bigger one.
A semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant Saturday afternoon in Grant Hill causing a huge geyser to spray into the air. Luckily, firefighters were just minutes away at a community event and were able to put a stop to the water quickly.