Transient sics pit bull on victim, arrested; dog at large


Eduardo Salazar, 42, is accused of approaching a 26-year-old Fontana man at a bus stop on Foothill Boulevard east of Palmetto Avenue on New Year's Eve at about 9:40 p.m. and ordering his pit bull to attack.

As the victim was trying to get away from the lunging dog, Salazar allegedly struck the victim with a plastic-covered chain on the arm and the head. Salazar then fled.

The victim was hospitalized for treatment of bite marks on his leg and abrasions on his head and arm, and was later released.

Fontana police officers located Salazar at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday. Salazar was found sleeping in a storage unit on the 8000 block of Palmetto Avenue. Salazar allegedly confessed to commanding the dog to attack the victim and was arrested. He was booked at the Fontana Police Department Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

The dog was not located. Police said the suspect's mother will turn the dog over to the department, where it will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days, a typical rabies procedure.

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