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Man, woman seriously injured in Grover Beach dog attack

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Two Grover Beach residents are in the hospital following a dog attack in their neighborhood Tuesday. One of them is in critical condition.

A man identified by his family as 64-year-old David Fear of Grover Beach is currently in the intensive care unit at Sierra Vista Medical Center due to his injuries, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson confirms. The other person involved was identified by her family as 85-year-old Betty Long of Grover Beach. Family members of both victims say the two are next-door neighbors.

The man's brother, Steve Fear, says David suffered dog bites to his stomach and arms. The injuries are said to be so severe that the two arteries in his arms were severed, which contributed to him losing six pints of blood. Steve also says his brother has an infection from the bites and may lose his hands.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Animal Services confirms two people were attacked Tuesday. The agency also says the dog identified as the one primarily responsible for the attack was surrendered by its owner and euthanized Tuesday.

KSBY went to the scene Wednesday night and learned from neighbors and loved ones of the victims that two dogs bit David Fear outside his home on Nacimiento Avenue. Dr. Eric Anderson with SLO County Animal Services says an investigation is ongoing and staff members are working to confirm how many dogs were involved.

Steve Fear says Betty Long told him what she remembered. She said a dog that attacked her neighbor David then turned on her, and David helped save her life.

"Oh, he's a hero alright," Steve Fear said of his brother. "The whole hospital is talking that he's a hero. He is. He's always been my hero, he's my older brother."

KSBY spoke with Long's family. They say she suffered a broken pelvis, a broken shoulder, and has staples in her head from falling. She also has dog bites on her body.

Dr. Anderson says the dog that was euthanized after the attack Tuesday was a 2 1/2-year old Belgian Malinois. Dogs of that breed are commonly trained as K-9 officers. Anderson says the severe dog bites are unfortunate circumstances that are taken very seriously and SLO County Animal Services wants to fully evaluate what led up to the attack.

KSBY reached out to the Grover Beach Police Department about the incident and officers referred all of our questions to SLO County Animal Services. KSBY Reporter Brooke Martell tried to reach the owner of the dogs Wednesday but was told he was out of town.

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