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Two dogs face death after four people attacked in Yuba County

Two dogs – one the mother of 11 puppies – face a death sentence after four people were injured in an attack in the Yuba County community of Linda.

The attack, involving a male and a female pit bull, occurred just before 6 p.m. Tuesday as several people were walking along Simpson Lane in Linda, just east of the Marysville city limits, according to a Yuba County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Four people, including the owner of one of the dogs, were bitten and sought medical treatment. The Sheriff’s Office identified them as Victor Torres, 33, of Marysville, Don Jackson, 43, of Oroville, Kevin Hinman, 59, of Marysville and Cycellia Palmer, 33, described as transient.

The owner of the male dog, Mandy Sanchez, 30, is also a transient, the news release said.

The Sheriff’s Office said no information was available on the extent of the victims’ injuries.

The dogs were located and captured by Yuba County Animal Control personnel near the scene of the attack. The female dog had just given birth to 11 puppies, which are currently housed at the county’s Animal Care Services facility.

The Sheriff’s Office said the owners of the dogs involved in the attack can voluntarily surrender the animals to the county to be euthanized, or file for a “vicious dog” status. If legally designated as “vicious” by a judge, the dogs would be euthanized by Animal Care Services and rabies testing would be done on the animals after their death.

Yuba County Animal Care Services has investigated 103 dog bite complaints so far this year, the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy