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San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy kills pit bull in French Camp

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:00 am

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a pit bull on Friday in French Camp, where officers have spent three days searching for a pack of wild dogs responsible for more than 200 livestock deaths.

The Sheriff’s Office couldn’t confirm that the dog was part of an aggressive pack involved in four attacks since April 19. But deputies and animal control officers will continue searching through the weekend for the six to 10 remaining dogs, said Deputy Les Garcia, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and animal control officers responded to a report of a pit bull attacking several chickens around 9 a.m., Garcia said. The chickens’ owner shot at the dog and it fled.

After searching for an hour, officers saw the dog and chased it toward a parking lot near the Stockton Airport. An animal control officer fired a tranquilizer dart at the pit bull, but it bounced off the dog.

A deputy shot the pit bull before it reached a populated area, Garcia said.

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2 comments:

  • Merritt Clifton posted at 3:32 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    Merritt Clifton Posts: 7

    I have been logging fatal and disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982. Of the 4,098 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the past 30.5 years, 2,540 (62%) were pit bulls; 530 were Rottweilers; 3,295 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 507 human fatalities, 256 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 378 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,264 people who were disfigured, 1,455 (61%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 304 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 1,861 (82%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls, incidentally, inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls are less than 5% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%. Just 81 large retrievers, by comparison, including all Labs, goldens, and mixes exclusive of pit mixes, have been involved in fatal or disfiguring attacks over these same 30.5 years, resulting in 8 fatalities and 26 disfigurements. Large retrievers are 7.4% of the U.S. dog population.

     
  • Robert Jacobs posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Good job!

     

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