Dog attacks and kills owner in Castaic

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Golden Valley Road.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Golden Valley Road.
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A dog attacked and killed its owner on Gelding Road in Castaic on Friday, according to Lt. Dan Wolanski, watch commander for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.  

Wolanski confirmed the incident occurred around 4 p.m. and Investigator Parraz, with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, said the victim was 62-year-old Robert Stevens.  

“It was an unprovoked attack on one of the owners,” said Detective Scott Matlock, an investigator with LASD Homicide Bureau. “There was a married couple and they actually rescued the dog five years ago.”  

According to Matlock, there were no signs of abuse or mistreatment of the dog, which was described as a cane corso. A male cane corso can weigh up to roughly 100 pounds, depending on the animal’s height, and, according to the American Kennel Club, they are generally described as “lovey-dovey” with family members.  

“There was no indication of that,” said Matlock, referring to any signs of possible abuse or provocation to the animal. “There was no abuse of the dog, the dog didn’t have any injuries or anything like that.” 

The investigation is being treated as an “accidental death,” Matlock said.

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