LBPD shoots dog after multiple aggressive attacks
2010-04-08 · By Editor
On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at approximately 11 p.m., Long Beach police initially responded to the 100 block of Ximeno Avenue regarding a possible dog fight that resulted in the shooting of a pit bull dog.
When officers arrived, they discovered a male victim down on the ground who had sustained multiple dog bites. The victim was holding his small dog that appeared to have also sustained numerous dog bites.
Through their investigation, officers learned that the victim and his dog had been attacked by a pit bull that lived in the area. Officers contacted the owner of the pit bull at his residence and instructed him to leash up his dog and to bring him outside so that he could be taken into custody by Animal Control.
The owner brought the pit bull outside on a leash, but with a loose collar. The pit bull continued to aggressively pull away from the owner. The officers continually ordered the owner to gain control of his dog; however the owner was unable to do so.
The dog eventually wiggled out of his collar and ran away as the officers gave chase attempting to catch up. The dog then ran to a nearby vehicle where a woman and her small dog were getting out. The pit bull charged the vehicle head first, crashing into the passenger side window and bouncing off, as the woman scrambled to get her and her dog back inside. The pit bull then aggressively ran around the car several times jumping and crashing its body up against it in an attempt to attack the woman and/or her dog.
The officers caught up to the dog and attempted to subdue it by striking him several times with a baton. The dog was unaffected by the strikes and eventually turned on the officers. One officer fired his weapon at the dog, however, the dog was not struck and continued to flee towards 2nd Street. With the assistance of the Department’s Air Support Unit “Fox,” officers were directed to a park in the area of St. Joseph Avenue and Livingston Drive.
When the dog took an aggressive stance and lunged at the officers, they both fired their weapons, striking the dog multiple times. The deceased dog was then taken into custody by Animal Control.
The male victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for the dog bites. The victim’s dog was also transported to an animal hospital by a resident and is expected to recover.
Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Pat O’dowd and Terri Hubert at (562) 570-7244.