Deputies Shoot and Kill Attacking Pit Bull

The animal attacked two dogs before a Sheriff's deputy shot and killed the pit bull in La Crescenta, according to The Pasadena-Star News.

A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a pitbull that attacked two other dogs in La Crescenta, according to Pasadena Star-News.

The incident happened on Markridge Road, at Ramsdell Avenue, about 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to The Star-News. 

Two people were holding down the aggressive dog and were concerned it would bite them, Sheriff's Capt. Dave Silversparre told Patch via email. 

"It was shot because of the danger to the people in the immediate area, public and the responding deputy, had the dog gotten away," Silversparre said. 

The deputy attempted to have the owner control the vicious dog, who belonged to a woman's son who wasn't home, he added. She told deputies she could not control the animal. 

"Animal Control was not immediately available, and individuals admittedly were losing control of the dog. The deputy had no other option but to put down the dog for everyone's safety," Silversparre said. 

There are no other recent reported shootings of dogs, including pit bulls, in La Crescenta, he said. 

Investigators do not know the conditons of the other dogs, however, the owner indicated he would seek veterinarian treatment for the animals, Silversparre said. 

Pam Fernicola August 31, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This entire episode disturbs me violently. I (mobile) microchip animals for a living and two weeks ago I chipped a Pit. She is one of THE most loving, friendly dogs I have encountered thus far. I was completely covered in Kiss-Slobber from the moment we "met". "Katie" is so wrong; this breed should not be banned; rehabbed, yes I had a stray Shepherd attack my own dog to near death some years back...but ban Shepherds? As a side note, I eventually came to personally own a GSD. As far as killing the subject Pit; there ARE alternatives. A taser is a more humane (albeit, acceptable ONLY under extreme circumstances) alternative. Carmen is right: ANY dog is capable of aggression. The death of this dog should NEVER have occurred. Of course, injury to the other canines is also a horrible tragedy and, likewise, should not have occurred. Please take issue with OWNERS, not animals in all cases such as these. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Pam
Denise September 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It is completely naive to think that 'pit bull' dogs are the problem. It is the people who raise them that 'are' the problem!!! The innocent animal then gets the bad reputation for what the owner did. Hence, the collateral damage for the whole breed. Very very unfair. Please take the time to watch a show called 'Pit Bulls & Parolees' on the Animal Planet. It is currently on hiatus, but you can watch the first 2 seasons on YouTube, or maybe it can be rented or purchased. It is a wonderful show about a woman & her family who have dedicated their lives to resucing 'pit bulls' & she teaches us everything about them. They are given a 'second chance', as well as the 'parolees', who help run the facility. Very educational & enlightning & gives you a completely different perspective. You will walk away different, & no longer naive, or ignorant about 'pit bulls'.
Denise September 02, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Continued.....Of course there is the rare occassion where there is a problem-mentally, where they 'must' be put down, but it is diagnosed through proper, caring, observation by a professional. Just like humans, however, we dont get 'put down'....just drugged.
jennifer September 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
My brother has had pitbulls and they were both sweet the last one was a pup from his male who passed away so he kept it. I never saw a more loving dog than him. He would let toddlers climb on him while he was sleeping so they could get on the couch easier. He never even lifted his head. My own puppy a shepherd Akita mix would just pounce and bite his ears and chew on his neck constantly and he never attacked he just loved everything and everyone. Don't judge the breed it's the owner who teaches them how to behave!!
Denise September 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Jennifer, Yes, I completely agree with you. Please re-read my comment, because that is exactly what I was saying. Maybe you misunderstood. denise


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