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Woman Fatally Mauled by Pit Bulls IDed, Cops Seize 8 Dogs

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Authorities are continuing to investigate the death of a jogger Thursday after she was mauled by a pack of pit bulls.

The victim, identified as 63-year-old Pamela Marie Devitt, was attacked by four pit bulls while she was on 116th Street in Littlerock in the Antelope Valley. Witnesses alerted authorities, who arrived on scene to witness Devitt being attacked, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"A deputy fired rounds from his firearm towards the Pit Bull causing the attacking Pit Bull to flee out of site," explains the LASD.

During the course of the attack, Devitt "was dragged 50 yards, scalped and her arm removed," said Tony Bell, a representative of L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

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Bell added: "We’ve gotta do something about it, they’re killing machines," notes CBS2.

The LASD located the owner of the four dogs they believe were involved in the attack, and ultimately seized eight canines—six pit bulls and two mixed breeds. Authorities say they will work with the Department of Animal Control and use DNA testing to determine if any of the dogs can be linked to Devitt's mauling.

The dogs were not all they found at the location where the dogs were housed. A search yielded the discovery of a marijuana grow operation.

A 29 year-old male adult was arrested at the property for Cultivation of Marijuana.