Deputy Shoots, Wounds Pit Bull in Self Defense

File photo.
File photo.
A Sheriff's deputy responding to an alleged pit bull attack on a man and his Shih Tzu turned his weapon on the pit bull after it reportedly targeted him, authorities said Wednesday.

The man and his Shih Tzu received unspecified injuries in the attack, which deputies responded to, Dec. 31 at 9:15 p.m., in the 200 block of Calle Luna, according to Whittier Daily News.

The arriving deputy saw the pit bull with its teeth clenched around the biceps of the man as he held his Shih Tzu. The deputy was able to get the pit bull off the man, but that is when the pit bull reportedly turned on the deputy, according to the Tribune.

The deputy shot the pit bull once in the hips and it ran away. The pit bull was later found and the owner transported the dog to an area veterinarian, authorities said.

The condition of the man and his Shih Tzu was not immediately known.
Ray Russell January 02, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Yep shoot and kill dogs but let mountain lions eat what they want. After all the laws protect mountain lions but not household pets. The protection the HSUS uses for fund raising appeals is not there for your animal but favors laws to end hunting of all animals in this State and an end to scientific management of wildlife at our expense. Please support your local animal rescue group and not the HSUS !
Kristian Wong January 02, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Hello, how would i go about contacting the author?? This was OUR PITBULL, and the story is complete bullshit. The man had a SCRATCH on his arm and the shiz tzu was completely fine. Seven or eight deputy sheriffs would not tell us a damn thing about why they shot our dog. They acted like they were covering up what REALLY happened and no police report was filed although a FIREARM was DISCHARGED. Animal control is working on an investigation because they say something doesnt add up. Sheriffs told us animal control was called, but animal control says no calls came in until 11:01pm. Our dog was shot around 8:30. OH, AND XRAYS and VET CONFIRM OUR DOG WAS SHOT FROM BEHIND. Bullet went through vital organs and ended up by his rib cage. OUR DOG DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. Contact me through facebook.
Adrian Orozco January 02, 2014 at 02:42 PM
I am the owner of this pitbull that later passed away. The x-rays show that he was shot from behind. The bullet entered through his rear left leg and crossed his abdominal area and ended right under his front right arm. I have X-rays to prove it. Because i was not being given any information I had do begin doing some investigation myself. After speaking with sheriff on multiple phone calls they still had not written a report that I could obtain a copy of. I called LA County animal control and confirmed that the night my pitbull was shot they did receive one call. The call they received was at 11:01pm on Dec 30th for a "roaming pitbull". I returned home that night at 9:45 to see my pitbull laying on my front doorstep with a bullet injury. How is it that my dog was shot at 9:45 at the latest and the Sheriffs called Animal Control at 11:01 for a "roaming pitbull" not a "shot pitbull". I personally have got in contact with the victim and he told me in person that the deputy shot my pitbull in front of him. He did confirm with me that never once did my dog lash out at him. This is an injustice that has been commited and will not be left alone.
Mona January 02, 2014 at 02:47 PM
This "story" is the pinnacle of false reporting. I am absolutely sick to my stomach reading this because of how many lies it hides. This was a dog I lived with. The sweetest pit in the world. He just wanted to play with everyone he met. He had nothing but love for everyone he encountered. The man and Shih Tzu received NO ATTACK. The dog was wrapped in a blanket with no blood, showed no signs of being attacked, wasn't even whimpering. If you and your dog had been attacked, you'd be in a hospital, not sauntering down a neighborhood. The pit was not shot in his hip, he was shot in the leg, at an angle that proves he was running away from the cops. I can't believe people exist to spread slander and filth, and that Aaron here the "reporter" can't even get his facts in a story straight. Blu the pit walked into the vet like a champ, and died fighting like a champ. Shame on the Sheriffs and shame on you Aaron. Don't trust the media.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Hi Mona. This story was aggregated or taken from the Whitier Daily News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Did you contact the reporter there? http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news/20131231/deputy-pit-bull-shot-after-dog-bites-man-attacks-shih-tzu-in-walnut
Vito Spago January 02, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Nothing specific against cops, but that is one reason us gun people do not want to just roll over and depend on the police for our 'protection'. Same as depending the media as our mouthpiece. Same as thinking the cops should get generous pay and pensions and be qualified for the job with no more than a HS education.
Concerned Parent January 02, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Can we get a response from our brave sheriff? Lately, when I see our sheriff deputies I walk away from them rather than asking for help. I don't trust them anymore. Walnut city council, are you going to do something about it? Poor dog owners, sorry for your loss. How did your dog get out of the house?
Mona January 02, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Concerned Parent, out dog was in the backyard and when we got home, the Sheriff told us that our gate to the backyard was wide open. We don't know how that happened because not only did we close the gate when we left, but our gate is old and tends to swing closed UNLESS someone holds the gate open. Nothing makes much sense at this point for us. And thanks Melanie, I did end up emailing the original reporter but I have yet to receive any news.
Vito Spago January 02, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Mona: Good question. Walnut City Council and Sheriff just have a non-stop kissy poo the entire year. It is beyond belief. Especially with the Criminals being released from prison into Walnut. Mary Su and the Sheriff say to form neighborhood watch groups. How sweet. I think homeowners need to also buy firearms and put them in strategic locations in the house. If they are the victims of a takeover robbery, then shoot to kill. The City Council and Sheriff should be holding weekly firearms training classes at the city hall. WHY AREN'T THEY DOING THIS????? They want the Walnut muppets to be victims while they wring their hands. The Sheriffs will be safe and Mary Su will be CLUELESS as always. It is just like the Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter. How far would the town get if they all formed Neighborhood Watch groups. What a fricken joke!!!
Mona January 02, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Vito Spago, I think the real problem here isn't Mary Su or the city council, it's really just plain ignorance. Our poor Blu would still be with us if it weren't for a trigger happy deputy or a neighbor with a vendetta against big dogs. While I do agree that we do need better gun laws and ways that citizens can protect ourselves, I really think California's police force could use a lesson or two in animal behaviors and animal cruelty. Blu was a dog who loved to play and would get excited when he saw new people because in his mind it meant someone was going to pet him. I can see how an officer would take a jumping pit bull as a defensive dog, but if the dog isn't baring it's teeth, snarling, or barking, it's a sign the dog isn't vicious. Neighborhood watches don't do much if your neighbors don't care about the well being of other neighbors pets. There's no winning in this situation. There's so many steps involved into creating a positive solution that until everyone is on the same page, animals will sadly continue to die at the hands of police officers.
Vito Spago January 02, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Hate to say it but who called the cops??? And a pit bull is equivalant to a Black Man, pre MLK, etc. Run with that if you can.
Mona January 02, 2014 at 08:40 PM
We unfortunately don't know who called the cops. We don't know anything. We've been stonewalled by the sheriffs department.
Vito Spago January 02, 2014 at 08:50 PM
If your dog really injured the man, you likely will be sued and his hospital or doctor records to take care of the wound will need to be given to you along with the police report. Hopefully, if there really was no injury, all will be forgotten and the loss of your dog, while sad, it not like a lawsuit.
Joe Estez January 02, 2014 at 09:27 PM
I have no idea if the shooting of the dog was justified. However, in todays blame everybody else world, if the dog was properly secured in its own yard, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Someone called, so they must have thought the dog was a threat. The officers responding probably assumed that based on the information they had. If I had a pit bull, in todays world, where they are always seen as a threat, I would sure the gate was locked so this could all be avoided.
shazaam January 03, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Sorry about your loss. People automatically have the assumptions that Pit Bulls are aggressive dogs, but a matter of fact, they are one of the most generous dogs you can have. It's the owners that releases the anger in them. I can train my Lab to be an aggressive dog if I wanted to. Based on the comments from the owner(s) of this pitbull, it surely doesn't add up. Hope you guys can get the police report soon and find out the end of this. At this day and age, it's hard to put trust on any Sheriff, PD, and the media.
Ray Russell January 03, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Think about suing for your loss. If you can prove negligent behavior by the police! Some times this is the only appropriate response. Sorry for your loss. The sheriffs deptment does need to step up their training requirements for exposure to dogs.
Vito Spago January 03, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Ray: What good is suing going to do. The cops will give you $100 to buy another dog. That is all a lawsuit is worth.
Ray Russell January 04, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Vito, you may be right! Then on second thought maybe pressuring government officials to change laws to provide protection or to make laws making shooting dogs illegal. No probably won't work! Domestic animals just dont deserve protection like wild animals do in this state. If he shot a bear or mountain lion that cop would be in jail or at least on suspension pending an investigation. But for domestic animals, no rights, no action, and no repercussions, except to the owner. Just another physical and emotional loss of a family member!
Vito Spago January 04, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Ray: I agree with what you are trying to do. Cops can shoot any dog and say the dog turned on him. They can shoot any person and say he reached for his waistband. Humans have learned that when it comes to dealing with the police, you do nothing to give them a reason to shoot you. Dogs do not know to do this. Just next time when some 'kook' like Dorner goes wild on the cops, do not be too quick to judge Dorner.
Joe Estez January 04, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Keep your dog on a leash or in your own yard. Problem solved.
Ray Russell January 05, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Joe youre very wrong about that. Many animals have been released from their yards or shot in their yards by poorly trained police officers. These happen when these police violate fenced properties while in "persute" , imagined or otherwise! So don't believe your dog is safe under any situation! They are not protected by laws when the police are involved. All the police must do is say they were being attacked. They always seem to shot these attacking dogs from behind for some reason and your loved family member will be dead without any accountability by those involved.


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