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California woman, 80, is mauled to death by two hunting dogs as she went on a morning stroll – the latest in a string of deadly canine attacks

  • Soon Han, 80, was found dead by the side of the road in the rural desert community of Baldy Mesa on Friday morning
  • San Bernardino County’s sheriff-coroner department said that Han had been out for a walk when she was attacked by two Dogo Argentinos from a nearby home
  • The dog was first bred for big-game hunting in Argentina, and is banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and several other countries 
  • Last month an 89-year-old woman was killed in Colorado and her 12-year-old grandson severely injured when the family pitbull attacked
  • On Wednesday Kirstie Bennard, 30, was severely injured and her two children – Hollace, five months, and two-year-old Lilly – were killed by their pitbull 

A Californian woman has been killed by two hunting dogs who ran from a nearby home to attack her while she was out for a walk.

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Soon Han, 80, was found dead by the side of the road in the rural community of Baldy Mesa in the Mojave Desert on Friday morning.

The dogs, Dogo Argentinos, were captured and have been taken to a shelter, pending a dangerous animals hearing.

The coroner in San Bernardino County said that Han ‘suffered major injuries during the attack and was pronounced deceased at the scene.’ 

The dog owner was located and is cooperating with the investigation, the authorities added.

A Dogo Argentino (pictured) killed an 80-year-old woman in California on Friday

Two-year-old Lilly Bennard and her five-month-old brother Hollace were killed on October 5 when the family's two pitbulls attacked the children. Their mother Kirstie tried to fend off the dogs, but was herself severely injured in the attack at their home in Memphis

Two-year-old Lilly Bennard and her five-month-old brother Hollace were killed on October 5 when the family’s two pitbulls attacked the children. Their mother Kirstie tried to fend off the dogs, but was herself severely injured in the attack at their home in Memphis

Lilly (right) and her brother Hollace (left) were both killed by the family's pitbulls

Lilly (right) and her brother Hollace (left) were both killed by the family’s pitbulls

Kirstie Bennard is pictured with a pitbull. Two of the family dogs turned on the children and killed them, attacking Kirstie in the process

Kirstie Bennard is pictured with a pitbull. Two of the family dogs turned on the children and killed them, attacking Kirstie in the process

Dogo Argentinos were first bred for big game hunting in Argentina, designed to take on wild boar and puma, and are described by the American Kennel Club as ‘large, powerful, and athletic’.

They are banned in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and several other countries. 

The attack is the third fatal dog mauling in the United States in a months.

On September 14, an 89-year-old woman was killed by the family’s two pitbulls in Golden, Colorado, and her 12-year-old grandson severely injured.

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Officers used tasers and non-lethal shotguns to try and get the animals away from her, but were not able to until more police.

Both animals were put down.

On October 5, two children were killed when their family’s two pitbulls – which they had owned for eight years – attacked them and their mother.

Two-year-old Lilly Bennard and five-month-old Hollace died following the attack in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kirstie Bennard, 30, was left with severe injuries and covered in bite marks.

The two dogs were euthanized. 

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