"Possible" Pit Bull Attack in Pacifica

Pacifica Police were called after what seemed to be a pit bull attacked a resident's dog.


A Pacifica Police officer shot and killed a "possible" pit bull after responding to an incident on Adobe Drive.

A female resident called the police just after 9a.m. Tuesday morning yelling that a loose dog had come into her house and was attacking her dog, a Corgi,  Captain Joe Spanheimer said.

"When the first officer arrived on scene and entered the home, he saw the homeowner attempting to fend off a dog that was attacking her smaller dog," Spanheimer said.

The possible pit bull chased the smaller dog into a room after the officer arrived and pinned it to the floor by its throat, he said. When the officer approached, the aggressor dog turned to face the officer.

"The pit bull then started toward the officer who was approximately three to four feet away," Spanheimer said. "Fearing for his safety, the officer drew his service pistol and discharged one round at the pit bull striking it in the chest area. The pit bull subsequently expired."

Peninsula Humane Society Officers responded to the scene to assist the Pacifica Police Department, and an investigation determined that the pit bull and another loose dog, a husky, belonged to a nearby resident. The Humane Society, which will be handling the case from here on out, took both dogs and will be contacting the owner.

The Corgi was taken to a nearby animal hospital for its injuries.

Mommy2fourboys March 09, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Debbie bell your are an idiot, please excuse my lack of a better word. Dogs are like people a product of their environment, are you saying because there are murders, rapists and bad people in general in the world that we should neuter spay and micro chip people so that we eventually become extinct too?? What the solution would be is to screen potential pet owners and make sure that they are "fit". Hey we should do that with people would probably stop a lot of children growing up with crappy parents and becoming crappy adults :)
Denise March 09, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Debbie bell I agree with you-I also agree that people should be "fixed" until they can pass a test on parenting, a very difficult test!
debbie bell March 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Look at the photos of dogs confiscated in the dog fighting raids. The breed/type of choice of the dog fighters is ALWAYS pit bull types because they are the best at: attacking without reason, attacking without wasting time warning or trying to avoid an confrontation, attacking without stopping even if the other is down/submits, is dead/dying, not stopping even if severely injured, doing great damage. With hundreds of breeds/types to choose from, pits are the BEST fighters. No animal has been changed as much as the species DOG. From huge breeds to tiny ones, some with no fur or lots of fur, humans selectively bred them for different abilities, traits and instincts. Instinct means "training not necessary." Instinct may vary from dog to dog, and training may modify instinct, but instinct is inside and may surface at any time. This is why we have dogs that point, dogs that bark alot, dogs that retrieve, dogs that kill. Pits suffer disportionately from severe abuse, negelct, abandonment, young death (euthanasia and otherwise). Even if you only care about pit bulls, and not their human/animal victims, you should offer ideas to reduce their suffering and deaths. Sadly pit pushers never do.
debbie bell March 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I wish we could. Their kids wish we had the ability BEFORE they were born, too.
debbie bell March 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
How do you screen potential owners and how do you prevent them acquiring a pet if they fail? Your neighbor wants to sell his litter of pit puppies. Where do you intervene? Do you confiscate his puppies? I think handicapped dogs should not be bornnin the first place.


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