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Good Samaritan saves man being mauled by pit bulls

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A good Samaritan saved a Riverside County man being mauled by pit bulls by ramming his van through a chain-link fence and scaring the dogs away, officials said Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old victim was being attacked by at least two dogs when the good Samaritan drove by the Lake Elsinore scene around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

"The dogs scurried away when the man's van busted through the gate," department spokesman John Welsh said.

He said one dog was believed to be owned the victim and the other by his roommate.

The man was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. His condition late Tuesday was not known.

Six dogs, four of them adults, were impounded. None of the adult dogs were licensed, Welsh said. 

One of the dogs involved in the attack was signed over by the owner to be euthanized. The owner is the victim's roommate, officials said. The other dogs are owned by the victim.

The investigation is ongoing, but it appears the victim may have been trying to break up a fight between two dogs when he was attacked.

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