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


First fatal pit bull attack of 2013 – Woman killed in pit bull attack

A woman died after being mauled by a pit bull in a Greenwood County home Tuesday night.
According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, the victim was 65-year-old Betty Anne Chapman Todd, of 506 West Kirksey Drive, Greenwood. She suffered severe injuries to her neck from the attack, Cox said.
The deadly encounter happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday on East Grumling Road in Hodges. According to a Greenwood County incident report, the following occurred:
When deputies and emergency personnel arrived, they found the black-and-white pit bull at the front door with blood on its mouth, chest and paws. The animal became aggressive as authorities attempted to enter the residence.
When the homeowners arrived, the animal retreated to a back bedroom of the home. Officers then entered the home and found the victim lying motionless on the living room floor with no signs of life. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the woman, and the county coroner was called to the scene.

Deputies observed a one-inch puncture to the left side of the victim’s neck, and blood covering the woman’s body and several parts of the room in which she was found.
Family members told officers that the residence was the home of the victim’s son. The son said Todd came to the house at about 5 p.m. Tuesday to stay with his children while he and his wife went out to dinner. He said the victim had been around the dog at the home on numerous occasions without the animal ever showing any signs of aggression toward her.
The son told deputies that one of his daughters called him to tell him about the attack, then evacuated the rest of the children out of the house and went to a neighbor’s home. The dog was taken into custody by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office animal control unit and transported to an animal shelter, pending further investigation.

PIT BULL FATALITIES OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS …. OUT NUMBER American Airlines Flight 11 Victims

The number of fatal pit bull attacks per year …

2001 1
2002 0
2003 4
2004 4
2005 12
2006 12
2007 15
2008 11
2009 11
2010 19
2011 9
2012 11

So lets total them up that’s 98 People from 2001 to 2011
And 109 From 2001 to 2012

Now lets compare this number to say the victims of American Airlines Flight 11 – 78 people
87 on American Airlines Flight 11
60 on United Airlines Flight 175
59 on American Airlines Flight 77
40 on United Flight 93

Pit bull victims are rising and the numbers of victims are huge – dont let silly advocates pretend the number is nothing – the number is more then the planes hijacked on September 11.