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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.

Shawn Pearson May 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Here we go again....."It's not the dog, it's the owner". Gimme a break.
Tom Wanderer May 13, 2012 at 07:29 AM
The owner told the dogs to attack the woman?
Richard May 13, 2012 at 07:43 AM
I live a few houses down from where this happened and I kid you not these dogs are always out of the yard. The blame is soley on the owners who are idiots!!!! A week ago one of the pitbulls almost mulled my little sister who walking home from school, luckily she acted quickly and nothing happened to her.
Nancy Wride (Editor) May 13, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Hi Shawn, I didn't understand your comment. Richard, has anyone ever reported to Animal Control Services that these dogs have been roaming and seemed threatening to your sister?
Shawn Pearson May 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
In one study sponsored by the US Governement Centers For Disease Control it was reported that 32% of all dog related killings of human beings in the United States are caused by Pit Bulls attacks, yet Pit Bulls constitute only 2% of all dogs. 70% of those mauling deaths were of children. According this large federal government study conducted over a 20 year period the Centers for Disease Control concluded that Attacks by pit bulls accounted for one third of the fatal dog attacks in the United States. This study also cited the disproportionate threat these dogs pose to children. Children, according to the study, are the most vulnerable victims in dog attacks, with those under the age of 14 accounting for 42 percent of all dog bite injuries. Most of the mauled victims are between the ages of five and nine. Source: dog-bite-law-center.com ****************************************************************** The year 2011 also marks an increase in pet pit bulls killing their owners. Of the 8 total instances this year in which a family dog inflicted fatal injury to its primary caretaker, the dog's owner, 88% (7) involved pet pit bulls. Source: dogsbite.org
Ariel O May 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
It's sarcasm Nancy. But I think it would be better if there are stats to back it up. I have no opinion as to whether pit bull attacks happen more than other breeds but they do sound more vicious in my opinion.
Traci May 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM
There are alot of pitbulls out there, maybe more than any other breed, therefore there will be more attacks because of the large population. On my block alone I have seen more pits than any other breed. I have one my daughter has one, alot of my patients have them. They are not bad dogs however they tend to be very protective over their surroundings. Don't get me wrong there are bad dogs out there. For a while it was Rottweilers, and Doberman ponchers
Traci May 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
*pinchers
Ariel O May 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Thanks Shawn! That's enlightening. I have a big dog who doesn't like other dogs and have tried to attack them but never humans. He's a 96# boxer lab or ridgeback mix but he's always been gentle.
Tony May 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You know what....I am sick of tired of this happening when pitbulls attacks! This breed are too dangerous to society and should not be raise as a pet. I don't care if the pet owner train them to be good pet, but they will always be agressive no matter what.
Gwen Lebec May 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
This idiot, and any idiot, who lets their dogs run free should be prosecuted long before someone is injured, but unfortunately no community has enough funding to patrol and enforce leash laws and no community makes that their priority. So the choice is to either decide that pit bull owners have the right to imprison everyone else in the community, to regulate pit bull ownership, or to come up with tons of $$$ to enforce leash laws. I have not walked in my own neighborhood since the late 1980s when pits took over Southern California - and I am ticked off about my loss of rights. But if I were to exercise them, I would long ago have suffered the fate of this woman. Many of these dogs are wonderful dogs, but do we really need them? And is it fair to the dogs to let just any idiot own one when it endangers all of us and condemns so many dogs to bad homes, cruelty, suffering, abandonment and euthanasia? The only cities that have reduced pit bull suffering are those that specifically regulate the ownership of these dogs.
Gwen Lebec May 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
To an extent you are correct. Letting the dogs run free lets them think that the streets are part of their territory and their genetic heritage urges them to protect their territory. This can be true of really nice dogs - which free running pits rarely are. Add territoriality, likely not neutered, and a dog on a leash looking like prey and an invader equals disaster. Please remember that during the days when idiots wanted to own Rotts or Dobies, these same dynamics were in play, but still - not as much damage was done. As fierce as they can be, they are not nearly as likely to kill or leave a severe mauling as a Pit. The problem is similar, but not the same and dismissing it with a lack of understanding of the difference harms people and dogs.
shock n aww May 13, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I have a trained shark in my pool. its really nice. does any body want to come over and swim?
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 (Editor) 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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