A woman was seriously injured after apparently being attacked by her two large dogs near Torrance, and one of the dogs was then fatally shot by an LAPD officer, police said Wednesday.
The incident was reported about 11:55 a.m. in the 1600 block of West 216th Street in the Harbor Gateway area, when neighbors heard a woman screaming in her home, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar told KTLA.
Responding officers found the woman had been attacked by the dogs and one of the dogs was fatally shot by an officer. The other dog apparently ran away, but was eventually captured and is in custody animal control.
The dogs were described as being “large.”
The victim was taken to a hospital after the attack in serious condition, but her wounds are not life threatening.
The woman’s two children were inside the home when the incident occurred and a crisis team responded.
It is unclear what led up to the dogs attacking their owner, but Aguilar said lethal force was likely used because officers feared for their lives.
The incident is under investigation.
KTLA’s Steve Bien contributed to this story.