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Vicious attack by four dogs kills woman


January 19, 2019

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Wednesday, January 16 at about 10:11 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a vicious animal attack at the 59000 block of Sunflower Drive in Joshua Tree. The victim, Lana Bergman (age 70 of Joshua Tree) and her husband live at the residence with an adult male friend.

The victim allowed her friend to keep his four pitbull dogs at her home. The dogs were considered family pets, which the victim helped care for over the past year.

On Wednesday, while the victim was home alone with the dogs, she was mauled by all four of the animals. She succumbed to her injuries a short time later.

Animal Control Officers responded and took custody of the dogs without incident. There is no indication the dogs were neglected, as they appeared well cared for. The reason for the attack is currently unknown.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, at (760) 366-4175.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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