first_imgSAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — A pair of pit bulls escaped from their yard and mauled an 11-year-old girl at a nearby school, police said Friday. The 18-year-old owner of the dogs was arrested and held in lieu of $25,000 bail. The girl, whose identity was not immediately released, had a badly bitten left leg and was flown in “pretty serious condition” to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, which declined to release her condition. However, the wound was not considered life-threatening, police Chief Anthony Alba said. The dogs then ran back to their yard, which was only a few blocks away, the chief said. The owner, Orlando Vasquez, was arrested for investigation of negligent ownership of vicious animals, he said. “They apparently pushed the gate open. They were not properly secured,” he said. The dogs were taken to an animal shelter and police will recommend that they be destroyed, Alba said. San Fernando is a suburb of Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 The girl was using the sink in a restroom at San Fernando Middle School about 7:30 a.m. when the full-grown male and female pit bulls chased other students into the girls’ restroom, Alba said. “The dogs immediately attacked her,” and she was badly bitten on her left leg, he said. “She had dog bites all over her body.” She managed to run out of the restroom, where a custodian hit the dogs with a trash can and they broke off the attack, Alba said. The custodian was unable to corral the dogs between two buildings. One dog attacked an arriving motorcycle officer, who was not hurt, and the dog was shot with a bean bag round by another officer, Alba said.last_img