Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Death Investigation
Report Number:
2014-4148 UPDATE    
Coroner Number:
Death Investigation
5000 block of North State Street Calpella, Ca
When: Date: 02-14-2014 Time: 10:41 AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Pedro Tepale 51 Ukiah, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

On 02-14-2014 at 10:41 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a telephone call from a motorist in Calpella, California.

The motorist reported seeing an adult male laying on the ground in a clearing beside the roadway in the 5000 block of North State Street. The motorist noticed what appeared to be two dogs attacking the adult male’s body.

A Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Officer arrived on scene and witnessed the two dogs, a Rottweiler and Pitbull, standing over the adult male's body.

The Animal Control Officer yelled to the dogs to gain their attention and the Rottweiler aggressively charged at the Officer. The Officer discharged his duty weapon two times hitting the Rottweiler at least once.

The Rottweiler fled a short distance away and died as a result of being shot by the Officer. The Pitbull, described as being white in color, fled the area and was not located after an exhaustive search of the area.

The Animal Control Officer approached the adult male and noticed he was deceased.

Sheriff's Detectives and investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office were summoned to the scene. The investigation into the cause of the adult male’s death is ongoing.

At this time investigators do not believe the adult male died as a result of an animal attack although evidence of animal activity on the adult male's body was evident.

Sheriff's Detectives have yet to identify the adult male and a forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 02-18-2014.

Animal Control Officers took possession of the Rottweiler with the intention of having an autopsy preformed on the animal.

The owner(s) of the Rottweiler and Pitbull have yet to be determined.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-line at 707-234-2100.


On 02-18-2014 an autopsy was conducted on the adult male, identified as being Pedro Tepale from Calpella, California.

The results of the autopsy are pending BA/Toxicology analysis and no preliminary findings are available at this time.

Sheriff's Detectives have identified the Rottweiler and Pitbull associated with this incident as belonging to Tepale.

Sheriff's Detectives discovered the Pitbull associated with this incident was given to the Mendocino County Animal Care Facility on 02-14-2014 by an unknown person.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten