A 50-year-old man was critically injured and his dog killed Thursday after they were attacked by a pair of dogs in Lincoln Heights, police said.
The attack was reported about 5:20 p.m., according to Los Angeles police Officer Sal Ramirez.
Firefighters responded to the 2600 block of North Lincoln Park Avenue, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Witnesses said the two dogs attacked the man after killing his dog. He was taken to the hospital.
Frank Carrasco said he saw the man walking his dog up the sidewalk before two pit bulls came around and started attacking them.
A neighbor who declined to give her name said the pit bulls were friendly most of the time.
"I'm more worried about the gentleman that got attacked," she said. "Of course I'm a big animal lover so, when I saw pieces of the dog, it broke my heart."
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Angela Llerenas of LA Animal Control said the dogs were taken into custody and will be held at the shelter until there's a hearing, where the examiner will determine whether the dogs should go back to their owners or be euthanized.
No action was planned against their owners, Llerenas said.