Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Aggressive pit bull shot by police officer

A pit bull was shot to death by a Merced police officer Tuesday, after the dog threatened a couple walking their dog on G Street near Sonoma Avenue, the department reported.
The incident was reported at 9:43 a.m. after the officer was in the area and saw a man and his wife walking their Chihuahua on a leash, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman.
The officer noticed that a large, white and gray pit bull was chasing the Chihuahua, causing the smaller dog to run around the man and entangle him in the leash. The man then yelled for help, Matthews said.
As the officer approached, the pit bull turned toward him, growled and prepared to lunge at him. The officer shot the dog to prevent injury to the Chihuahua, the couple and himself, Matthews said.
Matthews said the owner of the 80-pound dog is unknown. Police are asking anyone with information about the dog to call (209) 385-6912.

Merced Sun-Star

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