OROVILLE — Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating reports of dog attacks in Magalia that sent at least two people to the hospital.

About 9 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office responded to property in the 6600 block of Rosewood Drive in the Magalia area after receiving reports of a woman with serious injuries from a dog pack attack, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies helped a female resident of the neighborhood suffering from dog bites to a safe location, to be taken to an area hospital.

At the time of the call, Butte County Animal Control officers were in Butte County Superior Court with the owner of the dogs allegedly responsible for the attacks, 64-year-old Peter Ricca, of Magalia, about earlier dog complaints. Officers and Ricca left court to address the issues at his home.

Officers secured the dogs, determining that nine were responsible for the attacks, according to the release. Animal Control took the animals for quarantine to determine health issues. The other four dogs were quarantined on the scene under the care of the owner, according to a press statement.

Deputies identified a second victim who had already been transported by ambulance to a hospital and was in surgery, reportedly for several major injuries and numerous minor ones resulting from dog bites.

The condition of the two victims is unknown at this time.

The incident is being investigated, and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.



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