Officer shoots pit bull that attacked another dog
June 26, 2008
ESCONDIDO, CA -- : One of two pit bulls that attacked a woman's dog and couldn't be subdued was shot and killed Tuesday by an Escondido police officer.
The incident happened near West 10th Avenue and South Maple Street about 11:15 a.m.
Neighbors saw the dog being attacked and initially fended off the pit bulls with shovels, Escondido Lt. David Mankin said.
An animal control officer tried to catch the pit bulls, but the dogs approached the officer aggressively, said Abigail Rowland, development director of the Escondido Humane Society.
When a police officer arrived, the pit bulls began circling, Mankin said. The animal control officer used pepper spray, but it was ineffective. When one of the dogs ran toward the police officer, Mankin said, the officer shot it twice.
The dog that was attacked was expected to survive, Rowland said.
Authorities captured the second pit bull. The owner of the dogs, who was not present, could face charges, Rowland said. –M.R.
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