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Pit bull attacks second dog in Sand Canyon

Loose animal likely to be euthanized, animal control official says

Posted: May 16, 2013 6:11 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2013 6:11 p.m.

A roaming pit bull that ripped the leg off of a smaller dog in Canyon Country is expected to be humanely killed, a county official said Thursday.

County animal control officials responded to a residential area of Sand Canyon on Wednesday for reports of a dog-on-dog attack, said Evelina Villa, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

“We responded for a dog that was loose,” she said Thursday.

“The pit bull actually ripped the shoulder to paw off the other dog,” she said.

“The (pit bull’s) owner relinquished the dog to the (animal control) officers.”

Villa said the dog will be held for 48 hours, but county officials are not expecting its owners to claim the pit bull in that time.

“It will most likely be euthanized,” she said.

“We have to make a decision as to public safety,” she said. “This (pit bull) is not going to make a nice pet.”

For now, owners of the pit bull have been served a citation by the county for failing to have the dog on a leash, she said.

However, animal control officers are investigating the incident further.

The victimized dog was taken to a veterinarian and treated, said its owner, who asked not to be publicly named.

According to her, the smaller dog — described as a “medium-sized mutt” — put his paw through a fence separating two residential properties and the pit bull ripped it off.

Villa said the victimized dog is expected to survive.
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