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Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed against owner of dogs involved in Fallbrook woman's death

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Issue 02, Volume 17.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor

Law enforcement authorities said yesterday (Friday, January 11) that no criminal charges will be filed against the owner of dogs that were involved in the death of a Fallbrook woman on November 11, 2012, however, five of the eight dogs at the scene of the death have been euthanized.

"As a result of the investigation it appears that this was a very tragic accident and as such no criminal charges are being filed by the department," said Lt. Harold Holmes of the Dept. of Animal Services, San Diego County.

Killed in the incident was housesitter/housekeeper Remedios Romero-Solares, 30, of Fallbrook.

Holmes said that the owner of the dogs relinquished them to Animal Services and following the investigation, it was determined that five of the eight dogs were actively involved in the death of the woman and they were euthanized. Another adult dog and two puppies were determined not to have been involved and may eventually be released to a rescue operation for adoption.

"These three dogs are being treated for skin conditions and then they will be evaluated again for possible placement through a rescue agency," said Holmes.

Holmes also confirmed that the owners of the dogs never were in possession of a kennel license for the Fallbrook property on Calle Tecolotlan they were kept on.

Sheriff's Dept. authorities have not released any further information regarding the separate investigation into the marijuana growing operation that was discovered on the property at the time of the incident.

(previous story)

Agencies continue investigation into case of woman's death involving dogs

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Two area law enforcement agencies are continuing the investigation into a case where a woman suffered fatal injuries inflicted by a number of powerful dogs on a Fallbrook property Nov. 11. The case is two-fold as a marijuana growing operation was also discovered at the scene by emergency responders.

Fallbrook resident Remedios Romero-Solares, 30, who worked as a housesitter and housekeeper, was at the property located at 1305 Calle Tecolotlan that afternoon when she was fatally injured by mixed breed bull dogs that were kept on the property. The dogs were impounded by the County Dept. of Animal Services. An autopsy, conducted by the San Diego County Medical Examiner, ruled Romero-Solares’ death as "accidental," citing "multiple, penetrating, mauling, and blunt force injuries." Speculation due to evidence at the scene was that the woman was possibly trying to break up a fight between the dogs when she was injured. After reviewing the case, the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit turned the investigation over to Animal Services, where it Advertisement
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On Nov. 29, Animal Services spokesman, Lt. Dan DeSousa said the eight bulldogs continue to remain in custody. He also clarified the breed of the dogs as it had been reported in various ways in area media.

"The owner of these dogs was advertising them as Olde English Bulldogges, but they are much larger than the standard size for that breed," said DeSousa. "We believe he was breeding those with American Bulldogs to make a larger dog, a mix of the two." DeSousa said one of the dogs weighs in around 105 lbs.

DeSousa said his department has not concluded its investigation at this time.

"No determination has been made yet on any charges and no decision has been made yet on the disposition of the animals (whether or not Advertisement

[ County of San Diego ] they will be destroyed)," he said.

Since the County law states that no more than six adult dogs (over four months old) can reside on a property without the owner filing for a kennel license, DeSousa was asked if a kennel license existed for that address.

"Whether they were licensed to have a kennel or not is part of the investigation," he said.

DeSousa, who would not release the names of the owners of the dogs, said, "These types of situations are very few and far between – we are going to conduct a very thorough investigation."

County records show that the owners of the property are Jose Hernandez and Guillermina Hernandez, but friends of the family, who asked to remain anonymous, said the couple’s son Edgar Hernandez and his wife, Evelyn Kaiwi-Hernandez reside there. The couple, who displays their work as weightlifting training coaches on the social media site Facebook, appear to work locally.

Acquaintances told the newspaper the couple sold "dozens of puppies online for upwards of $2,500 per dog due to their potential size and power as adults." They also said many of the puppies were "aggressive and difficult to handle."

As Sheriff’s deputies were securing the scene where the woman died, they discovered some 24 marijuana plants being grown inside the home on the property.

The investigation into the marijuana operation has been taken over by the Sheriff’s Dept.’s Narcotics Task Force, who seized the plants.

One investigator told this newspaper that the couple who was living in the home "has not returned since the incident" and is being sought for questioning.

"Marijuana is still illegal in the state of California; having a growing operation of 24 plants is a prosecutable offense," he said. "We have already brought the District Attorney into the case."



Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #1 | Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:43 am
Seems like they have had ample time to complete the investigation
Comment Profile Imagewhynocharges
Comment #2 | Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm
Why are there not going to be charges filed for them not having a kennel license. These people were negligent, at best. A woman is dead and they get off scott free?
Comment Profile ImageIBAM
Comment #3 | Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Comment Profile ImageBeth
Comment #4 | Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 7:42 am
None of the dogs should be adopted out. If the breeding produced vicious dogs then the likelihood is the puppies will eventually exhibit the same behavior and someday they could hurt or kill another person. Too much of a risk.
Comment Profile Imagehmmmm
Comment #5 | Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:00 am
Wow really once again animals are killed because of their stupid owners and the owners get off scott free. There is more then one victim here the poor woman who was just doing her job and the dogs. Yes i am defending the dogs!
Comment Profile ImageNoCharges?
Comment #6 | Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm
If this had been a white woman killed by dogs owned by a minority individual that was running a drug operation out of their house there would easily be over 100 bloggers screaming for justice. Tell me these irresponsible dog owners are banned from ever owning dogs?? I don't know if Remedios Romero-Solares has children but if she does tell me that these irresponsible dog owners are going to pay some sort of compensation until these children's 18th birthday???
Comment Profile ImageA MOOT POINT
Comment #7 | Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:23 am
The occupants, of this residence, haven't been seen since the incident. I wonder why!
Comment Profile ImageRe-No charges
Comment #8 | Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:17 am
Really!! I believe there are plenty of loggers asking for justice, unfortunately when you are asking for justice in this type of instance, innocent animals once again have to be penalized. I am a white woman, and making those kinds of accusations are irresponsible on your part. It just shows that you are more focused on the color of the skin, then the actual issue itself. Pull your head out of where the sun don't shine and talk about the real issue here. I feel for this woman's children, it is sad that there are so many people who suffer from negligence such as this.
Comment Profile ImageJoemamma
Comment #9 | Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:59 am
I have no problem with Bull breeds, I have Pits myself. But owning a dog with such power comes with extra responsibilities. They need more exercise and more training and lots of socialization. I think its wrong to try and keep essentially a pack of these kinds of dogs. It's too easy for even good dogs to fall under the pack mentality. I saw a friends dogs go into pack mentality on the family cat when a new dog was introduced to the pack that was not familiar with cats. It was really sad, and these dogs had lived with that cat their whole lives. And they weren't bull breeds. One was a Lab one was a terrier mix and one was a Shepherd mix. House dogs and pack dogs are two different animals.

As for the weed, 24 plants could be the 12 mature plants per adult allowed by medical marijuana laws.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Mom
Comment #10 | Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm
In a situation like this we all want justice to be served. But blaming a human or an animal for an accident isn't always the best thing to do either. The problem resides in the lack of awareness people have about the nature of dangerous animals. Usually, small children become the victims of such ignorance. I am very sad for the woman's family and for the friends whose dogs she was caring for.

Unfortunately for those justice seekers, dogs do not have moral intrinsic instincts and it is up to adult human beings to be responsible for their behavior.

I believe there is a law in the unincorporated San Diego County that constitutes two large animals per household. Perhaps they were in violation of this law, perhaps dogs are not included in the large animal clause.

Destroying the family whose dogs mauled another human isn't the answer to this problem, whether or not they had marijuana growing or large amounts of tomatoes. Bringing a public awareness of the dangerousness of animals acting on instinct rather than making excuses for breeds vs. non-breeds etc. is the core problem here.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #11 | Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Seriously @NoCharges?!!!!!!!!!!!! You make a death of a woman by dogs a racial issue? That is absurd. It is people like you that drag racial issues around constantly and that supports the divide between races/ethnicities. What is wrong with you?
Comment Profile Imagealways someone crying prejudice
Comment #12 | Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm
Why does there always have to be someone who brings up race/ethnicity in every single freaking story? Get over it! Obviously the cops can't really do too much to the owners. It has nothing to do with a white vs mexican racial issue either- as the owners are mexican also. Get a clue before you start crying racism. As for the weed, well I don't think they can do too much about that either. Unfortunately the innocent victims who get hurt, and the dogs whose owners don't properly train them/care for them, are the ones who end up paying with their lives. My heart goes out to the victim's family. Rest in peace.
Comment Profile Imagelong time fallbrook resident
Comment #13 | Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:26 am
To say that lack of charges against the dogs' owners has nothing to do with the ethnicity of the woman is foolish and ignorant. Perhaps acknowledging that others distinguish the value of someone's life by a factor, such as skin color, is overwhelming and "uncomfortable" for whites but get over your discomfort because it is a reality.

As for the dogs, it is unforgiveable that they suffer because of their owners' selfishness and stupidity. Those people should be in jail. Period.

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