El Paso Lower Valley man shoots pit bull after it kills grandmother’s dog

The Chihuahua provoked it and should also have been shot – Chihuahuas are more violent thant pit bulls!!!

A 80-pound pit bull that attacked and killed a tiny Chihuahua and was turning his attention to a 68-year-old woman was shot and wounded Wednesday in a Lower Valley neighborhood.

Angela Soto said she was attacked by the dog after she went into her backyard to try to save her 3-pound Chihuahua as it was being mauled by the pit bull, which belongs to a neighbor.

“The dog tried to come after me because I was hitting him with a broom,” Soto said. “I’m glad I didn’t fall down.”

As she ran inside, her grandson, Javier Soto, 19, got a rifle and shot the pit bull in the ribs, Angela Soto said.

“He was trying to save my little dog,” she said, but her Chihuahua, named Cejas, died in the pit bull’s mouth.

The pit bull’s owner, who could not be reached for comment, apologized to Angela Soto and said he would get rid of his dog, which survived the shooting, Angela Soto said.

Police and the city’s Animal Control department responded to Soto’s house in the 200 block of Jensen.

The pit bull’s owner was cited for not having the animal safely confined.

The city municipal code states that a pet owner “shall keep such dog or cat exclusively upon his own premises by means of appropriate and humane physical restraint.”

Tammy Fonce-Olivas, Animal Service spokeswoman, said restraint can be a large fence, keeping the pet indoors or properly training the dog to stay in the yard.

Three citations were given to the pit bull’s owner
for failure to register, vaccinate and microchip. The owner received three additional citations because he has another pit bull. The second pit bull did not leave its yard.

Angela Soto said she has never had a problem with the second pit bull, but she had complained about the one that killed her dog.

Aaron Bracamontes may be reached at abracamontes@elpasotimes.com; 546-6156. Follow him on Twitter @AaronBrac


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