From Long Beach Press-Telegram
Sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a pit bull on a property in unincorporated South Whittier, where they arrested a man on suspicion of striking his girlfriend, authorities said today.
The 911 call from 12016 Carmenita Rd. came in about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. R. Maybury.
"Deputies responded to the scene and as they entered the house's driveway and yard, they were confronted by a pit bull," he said. "Fearing for their safety the deputies fired several rounds at the dog, striking and killing the animal."
Deputies then intervened in a domestic abuse situation, arresting a man for allegedly causing his girlfriend injuries to an arm and booking him at the sheriff's Norwalk Station on suspicion of battery, Maybury said.
A camera crew at the scene reported that the dog belonged to the woman who owns the property and who rented out a room to the couple involved in the domestic dispute. The woman was distraught over the death of her 4-year-old pit bull and said the deputies had overreacted.
Maybury said the department's Internal Affairs Bureau had been notified about the shooting and the incident would be reviewed at the station level by the lieutenant who supervises the patrol deputies.