Deputy Kills Pit Bull After Animal Control Officer Attacked In La Mirada

LA MIRADA ( — Officials on Tuesday urged the public to remain vigilant in reporting stray animals after a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull that attacked an animal control officer.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 17, when Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) responded to a dog attack on the 13500 block of Ramsey Avenue in the City of La Mirada.

DACC’s animal control officer Mireya Martinez responded to the call, and in the process of containing the dog, she was attacked.

An on-scene Sheriff’s deputy responded immediately by shooting the dog and saving Martinez’s life.

Officials noticed the “fawn-colored” male pit bull had just killed a Chihuahua and left its body in the street.

Animal control officials warned that any stray dogs roaming at large in neighborhoods can pose a threat.

Anyone wishing to report a stray or loose dog is asked to call DACC’s 24/7 Communications Center at (562) 940-6898 or by visiting the official DACC website.


Pit bulls shot after confronting jogger attacking old man with cane in florida

Roaming gangs of pit bulls attacking the elderly and joggers. Its a pit bull holocaust out there.

Congrats channel 10 for spinning this story where if they had done any extra digging to other witnesses who also filed police reports regarding this incident they would have reported that these dogs attacked another man and his two dogs just moments before they went after the jogger. The man had to fend them off with his cane. It was then that they saw the jogger and went after her instead. The dogs also ran away but then turned to come back after the man before they shot him… How else would a dog get shot in the jaw in the manner it did if it was running away? If it had been me confronted by three pit-bulls I would have done the same thing as the neighbor that shot them.

TAMPA, Fla. — Breezy, a 10-month-old pit bull, is getting ready to go into surgery at the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service. Whether he’ll survive depends on exactly where a bullet ended up after hit him Saturday morning.

He was one of three pit bulls that apparently surrounded a woman as she jogged on Ridgebrook Circle in the Keystone Manors neighborhood around 7:30 a.m. A neighbor apparently saw the dogs around the jogger and confronted them, shooting at the pit bulls as they ran away.

One of the dogs, Diamond, had to be put to sleep due to the extent of her injuries. The third dog, Mama, was the only one to escape the bullets. One bullet also flew across a pond and shattered glass at a nearby home. A couple and their two children were inside at the time, but no one was hurt.

“Our dogs are not aggressive,” says Lucia Adkins, who owns the dogs. “We’ve raised them like kids because they were raised with kids.”

A family friend, Thomas Tyree, had let the dogs out into the fenced backyard when they apparently escaped through a gate at the home. He believes someone may have opened it.

“Somehow that gate was open,” he says. “It shouldn’t have been open because the night before, I let them out, and that gate was closed and secured.”

The jogger told detectives that she didn’t feel threatened by the dogs. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it hasn’t received any calls about the pitbulls in the past. Neither has Animal Services. But neighbors say the pit bulls have escaped before and are more aggressive in a pack. They say they’d like to see owner responsibility taken.

“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” says owner Bob Smedley. “If I had been out here with my dogs and those dogs came over to attack my dogs, I would have shot them. And you would have done the same thing.”

The case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s Office.

Adkins says she believes this may be connected to anonymous, threatening letters that have been written to her about her son, who is on probation for a robbery in 2007.

Pit Bull Owners Upset After Police Shoot Dog in Fort Lauderdale

The owners of a pit bull who was shot by an officer in Fort Lauderdale after police said it attacked a K-9 Friday morning said they think the killing could have been avoided.

The incident happened in the 1500 block of Northwest 24th Avenue, when officers responded to an in-progress burglary at a nearby business, Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Det. DeAnna Garcia said.

When the officers arrived, the suspects fled into the yard where the dog was, Garcia said. The officers were trying to catch the suspects when the dog attacked the K-9.

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An officer tried several times to free the K-9 from the other dog but it didn’t work, Garcia said.

“The officer, who was in fear for his and his K-9 partner’s safety, used lethal force to free his K-9 partner from the other dog’s mouth,” Garcia said in a statement. She didn’t say whether any suspects were taken into custody.

Antonio Spann, the pit bull’s owner, said he had warned police about the dog and told them not to open the fence, which was chained and had a sign reading “Beware of The Dog.”

“I hear one shot. ‘Boom.’ Then two shots, ‘boom, boom’,” Spann said. “That means he was shot again when he already down.”

Spann’s father, Anthony Sinkfield, said he tried to stop the officers.

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“When they opened the gate, the dog rushed out and the officer ran out and before I could get outside to tell the dogs to go back, they shot and killed my dog,” Sinkfield said.

Sinkfield said he’d had the pit bull, a 4-year-old named U-law, since he was a puppy.

“We raised them since they were puppies, they were like part of the family,” he said.

Spann said to make matters worse, officers just left the dog laying on the ground.

“They left my dog there all night long, you’re talking about cruelty to animals,” Spann said.

“They didn’t do anything, they just left my dog on the ground and left, didn’t say anything to us, picked up the shell casings and just left,” Sinkfield said.

A police department spokesperson said officers on scene offered to help with the removal of the animal, but the owner would not allow it.

Garcia said the K-9 was taken to an animal hospital and treated for wounds sustained in the attack.

Spann said he spent the early morning burying the dog before his children woke up.

“Of course I’m upset…he was doing his job, to protect the property,” Spann said.