Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Police shoot pitbull that escaped from shelter

From The Monterey County Herald

A male pit bull scheduled to be euthanized Wednesday made a final dash for freedom, forcing Salinas police to shoot the dog to death.
The dog, which had been picked up as a stray five days before and had displayed aggression toward people and animals, was being taken to the euthanizing room at the Salinas Animal Shelter before noon. The dog bolted free when a cable snapped in the long pole being used to control the dog in an open area.
"He was acting very unruly and the pole broke," said manager Cindy Burnham of the city shelter on Hitchcock Road.
The dog rushed shelter workers and headed for surrounding fields. Police were called, and animal control officers worked to keep the dog away from field workers and traffic, she said.
The dog made it toward homes in the Los Olivos area, and then doubled back toward the shelter. Police officers ended the incident by shooting the dog, she said.
"It's not the situation we would like, but in the interest of public safety we couldn't have an aggressive dog loose," she said.

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