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Pit Bull Killed by LAPD Off-duty Officer as it Mauls a Child


A male pit bull was killed by an off-duty LAPD officer as it mauled a 4-year-old boy in the face and head on July 7 at 3:30 p.m. Two off-duty officers heard a woman screaming in a nearby home; one officer was forced to shoot and kill the dog.

Fontana, CA, with a population of 200,762, has a 2011 law that requires dog owners to spay or neuter their pit bulls and mixed-breed pit bulls before they are 4 months old. The dog that was killed was 6-years-old and was not neutered.

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According to police spokeswoman Martha-Guzman Hurtado of the LAPD, this possibly led to the aggressive behavior of the dog. The two off-duty officers who lived in the area did not know if the boy lived in the home or was just visiting, or what led to the vicious attack. After the dog was shot, the boy was immediately taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of a severed right and left ear, along with severe puncture wounds to his head and face.

A current investigation is underway to see how long the dog had lived in the home and who the boy is.

A 2010 letter to the Fontana newspaper which led to the new 2010 spay/neuter ordinance was titled, “Let’s Prevent More Pit Bull Attacks.” It was written by a PETA member after a 5-year-old girl was attacked, along with her mother and two brothers, by five pit bulls.

Pit bull statistics on fatal attacks

According to Dogs Bite, “In the 9-year period from 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans and accounted for 62% of the total recorded deaths (283). Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 74% of these deaths.” However, from 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 33, about one citizen every 99.5 days. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the dog population in the United States.

To break it down even further, 2013 alone shows that 56% (18) of the fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults, 25-years and older. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2013, 61% (11) were ages 4-years and younger. Of the children who were age 7 and younger, 72% of the primary victims were males, while 28% were females. Of the victims, they were either visiting the home of the pit bull or were staying temporarily.

Most dangerous situations for a dog attack to happen

* Leaving an infant or toddler alone with any dog breed
* New or temporary situations involving children and dangerous dog breeds
* Approaching a chained dog, especially if it is male and unaltered
* Encountering a pack of loose dogs, known or unknown to you
* Inserting yourself into a dog fight, especially when pit bulls are involved
* Approaching a vehicle with a dog inside (or in the bed of a truck)

Legislative laws on aggressive dog breeds

Legislative laws are adopted by cities with the sole purpose of regulating dangerous dog breeds, primarily pit bulls. Data shows a sharp decrease in pit bull attacks following pit bull bans.

According to Dogs Bite, cities and counties in at least 12 states report successful results after enacting a breed-specific law. These states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington. The province of Ontario also reports successful results after it’s 2005 adoption of a pit bull ban.

Legislative laws include:
* Breed bans
* Prima facially labeling breeds
* Regulating the spay/neuter status of the specific breeds.

If your state is not on the above list with the listed legislative laws, please share your results with DogsBite.org by emailing: bslresults@dogsbite.org.

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