SDPD Officer Hospitalized by Dog Bite | NBC 7 San Diego

An officer was attacked by a pit bull as San Diego Police pulled over a driver in the Mission Valley area Wednesday night, officials say.

The incident happened just after 8 p.m. on Friars Road at State Route 163.

According to the SDPD, the dog bite sent the officer to the hospital, but police did not shoot the pit bull.

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Three people attacked by pack of pit bulls on the loose in Fall River; two hospitalized – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA – Fall River, MA

Two people were hospitalized Monday night after they were attacked by four pit bulls that were accidentally released from their pen, police said.

Fall River police and animal control officers caught the dogs after they had been running through a wooded area. The dogs are being held in quarantine for 10 days, said Fall River police Lt. Ronald Furtado.

The dogs’ owner, identified as Sherry King, 43, of 550 Kilburn St., will be summonsed to court on two counts of failure to license a dog, Furtado said.

The police investigation alleges that the dogs were released from their pen after a child who fed the dogs accidentally left the pen door open, Furtado said.

Around 4 p.m. Monday, Fall River police Officers Peter Daluz and Derek Pereira responded to a dog bite call at Howe and Crawford streets. A 70-year-old woman was bitten on her forearm. She told the officers that she was walking in the area when two dogs approached and bit her pocketbook. When she tried to retrieve her purse, the dogs attacked her. The force of the dogs attacking her forearm caused the woman to fall to the ground, police said.

Two nearby bystanders intervened and stopped the attack. The 70-year-old woman was treated at the scene by medical rescue personnel and transported to Saint Anne’s Hospital for further treatment, police said.

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Modesto man, 59, dies after pit bull mauling | Modesto News – KCRA Home

A 59-year-old man mauled during a pit bull attack in southwest Modesto has died from his injuries, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

The man’s 77-year-old mother, who was also injured in the attack, remains in critical condition at Doctors Medical Center.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said Wednesday morning that investigators are still working to learn who owns the four pit bulls that were involved in the mauling.

At 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, deputies received 911 calls about a dog attack in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found three pit bulls attacking the man in his backyard, with a fourth pit bull circling the mauling, Christianson said.

That’s when deputies shot and killed the first two dogs. The other two pit bulls ran to a nearby yard, apparently spooked by the gunfire.

Investigators then secured the backyard where the attack took place and entered the house, where they found the elderly woman who also had been mauled, Christianson said.

The Sheriff’s Department is not releasing the names of the victims.

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Man critically wounded in Detroit dog mauling

A man lost his hands and feet when he was attacked by a pack of dogs that escaped from a house on Detroit’s east side late Thursday, according to Detroit Police.

Three officers responded to the scene at about 10:10 p.m. and fired several shots at the dogs, killing at least one of them, police said.

The officers lured the other dogs inside the home in the 4500 block of Pennsylvania, between East Warren and Mack avenues, and locked them inside.

The owner of the home was not there at the time, but this morning was seen being escorted away by police. Police this morning said there were a total of 13 dogs in the house, including four puppies.

“They were pretty vicious,” said Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody of the dogs involved in the attack, which he said were all pit bulls.

The man was found naked and had damage to both arms below the elbows, Woody said. There were five dogs in all. An autopsy will be performed on the dead dog, he said.

When officers arrived, “the man was kind of pinned down. … That’s why they had to do what they had to do, because his life was in jeopardy,” Woody said, noting that “the officers very tactfully tried to draw the dogs away to get to the man and had to shoot one.”

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The 40- to 50-year-old man, who has not been identified, was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was treated and listed in critical condition, police said.

Woody said the man could just barely speak when police got to him.

It’s unclear what led to the attack. The dogs belonged at the home, and Woody noted that police do not know what the man was doing on the property.

“I really don’t want to draw any speculation on the dogs, the homeowner or the man in the yard,” said Woody, who declined to comment when asked who called to report the attack.

Animal control officers were expected to pick up the live dogs this morning; the carcass was already being held for animal control, Woody said.

The attack comes less than three months after 46-year-old Craig Sytsma of Livonia was fatally attacked by two Cane Corsos while he was jogging in rural Lapeer County. The dogs had bitten people in previous attacks, and the dogs’ owners, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, 44, have been charged with second-degree murder.

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Owner Facing Charges After Dog Attack in Bridgeport – WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville

The owner of two Pit Bulls is facing charges after the dogs reportedly attacked two other dogs and a resident on Thursday morning in Bridgeport.

According to Bridgeport Police, around 12 a.m. Thursday, the two Pit Bulls were running loose in the Whitley Street area of Bridgeport when they attacked two Shih Tzus on a resident’s porch. When the owner of the Shih Tzus attempted to stop the attack, police say the Pit Bulls then attacked the resident, causing lacerations to his hand.

Two officers were dispatched, one to the Pit Bull owner’s home and one to the Shih Tzus’ owner’s home. Police say when the officer arrived at the Pit Bull owner’s home, one of the dogs ran toward him, and despite vocal commands to stop, the dog continued to charge. The officer then shot and killed the dog. The Belmont County Animal Shelter arrived on the scene, upon which the remaining Pit Bull’s owner signed over control of the dog to the shelter.

One of the Shih Tzus had to be euthanized due to injuries suffered in the attack. The remaining Shih Tzu was transported to a Pittsburgh animal hospital with serious injuries.

The owner of the Pit Bull has been charged with negligent assault and failure to leash. More charges may be filed.

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Attacking dog shot and killed – Local News – Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

A pit bull was shot and killed as it attacked two Lockport police officers investigating a trespassing complaint on South Street over the weekend.

Officer Michael R. Wasik and Lt. Marshall K. Belling responded to a call about suspicious activity at 335 South St. about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The call was placed by a neighborhood resident.

While the officers were in the front yard of 335 South looking over the vacant premises, the dog entered the back yard “and made a beeline for the officers,” Chief Larry Eggert said Sunday.

The dog broke through a locked gate between the front and back yards, tearing out several fasteners as it did, then jumped at one of the officers and tried to bite his face. Mace was sprayed at the dog and it had no effect, as the attack continued, Eggert said.

The other officer drew his weapon and shot the dog at least once, possibly twice. The dog then turned on that officer, sinking its teeth into the officer’s bulletproof vest and tearing it. One or two more shots were fired and the dog was killed.

Both officers ended up shooting the dog to protect themselves and each other, according to Eggert.

“It was a pretty violent attack,” he said. “There was no stopping that dog.”

Some neighborhood residents were upset with the officers after the shooting, but initial investigation of the incident supports the officers’ actions, the chief said.

“On our first look at this, it seems like the officers did what they were trained to do. They were being attacked,” he said.

The department’s inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the shooting will pick up again Monday. Among facts to be confirmed is the number of times the dog was shot — the department is required to account for all bullets, so the dog is being autopsied — and the identity of the dog’s owner. On Saturday, city animal control officer Joanie Black responded to the scene and determined that the dog was not licensed.

Because without licensing there is no proof the dog received rabies vaccination, the dog has to be tested for rabies. One of the officers suffered a superficial scratch while being attacked by the dog, Eggert said.

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Police dog attacked by 2 pit bulls in Clearing, police say | abc7chicago.com

A Chicago police dog is undergoing surgery after it was allegedly attacked by two pit bulls in the city’s Clearing neighborhood, police said.

The dog was walking with its off-duty police officer partner in the 6300-block of West 61st Street around 11:20 a.m. Friday when the alleged attack occurred, officials said.

“This fence right here, I was able to grab the pit bull dog and put a body lock while the K-9 dog and owner were able to go inside the fence and lock the gate,” said Jesse Bonilla, a witness.

That way, off-duty Officer Terry Kazupski and his K-9 Ditto could lock themselves in the tennis court area. They happened to be strolling at Hale Park when witnesses say a pit bull owner was walking two dogs when one broke free from its leash.

While another witness called 911, Bonilla hustled to help. At this point, he says, the pit bulls were attacking the K-9.

“Once the pit bull got the tension of the jaw on the neck of the other animal, there is no way to release it,” Bonilla said.

So Bonilla said he used cinnamon powder.

“We all just started to inhale it and that’s when the pit bull dog started releasing it and I was able to – got one of them in a headlock,” he said.

He got scraped up – but yes, he used a headlock on the pit bull.

“The dog could not move at all. I grabbed his leash and I wrapped it around his neck and his mouth,” he said.

Ditto is expected to survive and has been in surgery at VCA Animal Hospital in Berwyn.

Police say the pit bulls’ owners are being questioned as part of the investigation.

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