Staffordshire Terriers, a breed of dogs that may resemble a miniature breed of pit bull, bit a woman and her dog Tuesday near Village Station Shopping Center in the 5700 block of Amaya Drive.
The woman was walking her Jack Russell Terrier when she was approached by the two dogs. The woman picked up her dog to protect him when she and her dog were bitten.
Police were called to the scene around 4:40 p.m.
"The dogs came over to her and one of the loose dogs bit her dog in the stomach," she said. "One of the times a dog bit her right hand too but it's believed the dog was going after the other dog."
The woman was brought to the hospital and treated for minor injuries to her hand. Her dog is also expected to be fine, said Lt. Matt Nicholass.
The dogs have not been located.
La Mesans are encouraged to contact La Mesa Animal Control if they know anyone who owns two black Staffordshire Terriers in the area.
"Because it could be as simple as they got out and the resident doesn't have them registered in the area and the owner came home and doesn't even know the dogs were out. Or somebody dumped them and they're just strays," Nicholass said.
Once the dogs are found they will be quarantined for 10 days. If an owner is deemed negligent they could also be in legal trouble, he said.