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Pit Bull Attacks Dog Walker, Police Shoot the Pit

A woman walking her dog is attacked by two pit bulls, but primarily one, and left seriously injured after onlookers could not free her and Long Beach police shot the dog to save her.

A woman walking her dog was attacked by two pit bulls, seriously injured and was freed only after a Long Beach police officer fatally shot one of the pit bulls Saturday night, police said.

The woman was expected to survive her injuries but remained hospitalized in serious condition, Long Beach Police Sgt. Dave Marander said.

He said the woman was walking her dog at about 6 p.m. when a pair of pit bulls neared her and both initially attacked she and her dog near the 300 block of East Coolidge Street, which is west of the Los Angeles River and the Long Beach (710) Freeway. It wasn't entirely clear but it appears one of the pit bulls was the primary attack dog and the woman, not her dog, endured the brunt of the attack.

Onlookers tried to help free her of the attacking dog but called 9-1-1 and Long Beach Police Department officers arrived. One tried to use a taser on the violent dog but it did not result in the dog letting go, Marander said.

The officer shot and killed the dog. It was not disclosed who owned the pit bulls, whether that person was cited, the name of the officer nor the name of the victim.

``A female adult was out walking her dog when two pit bulls attacked her and her dog,'' Marander said. ``Police were called and we responded. Bystanders tried to help the female.''

Marander said officers followed one of the dogs, trying to subdue it with a Taser ``several times with no effect'' before the officer shot the dog.

The other dog was taken into the custody of animal control, Marander said. It appeared the woman's dogs were not harmed in the attack incident.

--City News contributed to this report and changed the address later from the original 200 E. Harcourt Street.

UnknownC May 13, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Pit bulls are the new trendy dog because of the media and other celebrities. I agree there are a lot more out there and I recall years ago that dobermans and Rottweilers were the 'vicious' dogs at the time because of the population. And I also see why some people may be opposed to pit bulls. But also, I believe that the owners do play a large part in their behavior and maintenance. They are called owners for a reason. The owners are their guardians and should maintain responsibility for their pets. Not that it's the same thing, because it's not comparable, but it's like taking responsibility for your child that punches another child. The owners know what they are getting into when they are getting a pit and should take the time to properly train it and take the proper precautions, like any other dog. And on the other hand, pits are notoriously known for their protective personality, I have one. I make sure that he is properly restrained and on walks, we are respectful of other dog walkers. Dog lovers, especially true pit lovers, know about the breed and they know what to do to maintain the security and integrity of their pets. I'm not trying to start a debate or anything, but some people are too ignorant to even think about both sides of the situation.
Nancy Wride May 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
My Dad had a pit bull breed in the late 1930s named Butch, and most of his childhood stories star Butch, who was a loyal and smart and loving dog. He was probably a life raft for my Dad, who was an only child and who's Dad died when he was 8. I always try to remember that with one of these stories but I have reported on so many such attacks that I would not be able to have a pit as my companion with full peace of mind. So why do they seem to be in such abundance? The Long Beach Animal Shelter has probably more pit bulls or pit mixes and Chihuahuas than of any other breed.
azul May 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Traci, I too am surrounded by a very high population of pit bulls, I live in a low income neighborhood. If you look at the rest of society, pits are not a typical family dog. Pit bulls account for only 2% of all dogs in the US. Unfortunately, what I see living here is that most of these dogs are meant for protection - not pets who go on walks, chase balls in the park, go for hikes with the family etc. They exist tethered to a chain in the front yard, or locked in the back yard for most of their lives. The types of people who are attracted to this type of breed, and are looking for an attack/protection dog as opposed to a pet, don't care to socialize, exercise, interact with the animal - its a lose lose situation for the dogs, the families, and people like my family, who live in fear of our neighbors neglected dogs.
David Lang May 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Pit bulls fight to the death. They do not have the discernment of a human being as to the danger they are facing. A protection dog should not be a killer, it should be a warning to those that can discern (the owner) and take the appropriate action. I do not believe they should be legal as pets.
B May 15, 2012 at 01:29 AM
My opinion is that certain breeds display particular physical traits and tendencies (beagles track, labs retrieve, terriers chase, etc). The ancestors of pit bulls were bred to fight bulls, then bred to fight each other. They've developed physical traits that enabled them to handle animals 2-4x their size. Yet, they are not just objects either. They are individuals with distinct personalities and behaviors. All pet owners should be responsible for understanding the species and breed of their pet as well as their personality. I believe pit bulls can live harmoniously among neighborhoods with families, children, and other dogs as long as the owners are responsible and people are aware of the species and its tendencies. Think of them as children...with weapons. Chihuahuas are like little children armed with a tiny BB gun. Most owners let them run rampant because the damage they cause is so minimal. The pit bull is like a child with a grenade launcher. You better be responsible otherwise the damages can be catastrophic and tragic. If a pet attacks somebody, I believe it's the owners responsibility (fault is something else) no matter what (poor training, unable to physically handle the breeds tendencies, neglect, failure to minimize risk, etc). If a feral dog attacks somebody, I blame their parent...mother nature.

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