According to media reports, 91 year old Elsie Grace was found dead last Friday in a room at the Motel 6 in Hemet, CA. Officers say that Grace had been staying with her son, and their two 'pit bulls' in the motel. They were moving to Hemet and staying in the motel until they could find permanent residence.
Officers say the injuries are consistent with those sustained in a dog attack.
There were no witnesses to the incident, so little is known at this point about what circumstances may have led up to the incident. A representative from the local humane society notes that the dogs seem friendly and as if they were family pets.
The motel where they were staying was a Motel 6 (known for being a low-price provider) in a very tough part of town. The 92543 area code has a poverty rate of 41% -- with nearly 30% of the population living at at income of less than 50% of the poverty rate. These are VERY high numbers. So the living condition of two adults, and 2 dogs, in a small motel room in a tough neighborhood may have well played a role.
There are certainly a lot of things that could have led up to this incident, but at this point, they'd all be somewhat speculation. If more information comes out following the autopsy then I will most definitely put the information out there.
My heart goes out to the family -- this sounds like a really horrible, and likely preventable, tragedy.