Pit bull who attacked man shot by Auburn cops

2:22 PM, May 3, 2010   |    comments
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AUBURN, CA - After attempts to stop an attacking pit bull with a stun gun failed Sunday afternoon, Auburn police say they shot and killed the dog.

Sgt. Dave Lawicka with the Auburn Police Department said an officer was called to a home on the 800 block of Dairy Road at 2:47 p.m. because a 91-year-old man was cornered in the yard by the dog, an 80-pound, male Staffordshire bull terrier. The officer was able to help get the man to safety while calling for backup to help catch the dog. Lawicka said the man required more than 30 sutures for bites to his hand, fingers and wrist.

The officers fired a Taser gun at the dog and tried to capture him with a catch pole but the dog escaped the yard, Lawicka said. It ran onto Luther Road where it went into the Woodside Village mobile home park. Officers again used the Taser on the pit bull dog but it still didn't halt the dog, Lawicka said.

With police fearing for residents' safety and due to the aggressiveness of the pit bull, he was shot and killed by the officers, Lawicka said.

The man who was bitten was at home recovering.

Police did not say what may have provoked the attack by the animal. 


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