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Huntington Beach police kill charging pit bull

December 8, 2011 |  9:18 pm

A Huntington Beach police officer shot and killed a pit bull terrier Thursday as it charged at officers as they investigated complaints about alleged transients living inside an abandoned trailer at a mobile home park, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 10.30 a.m. at the Ocean View Estates Mobile Home Park, which is owned by the city of Huntington Beach, in the 7000 block of Ellis Avenue.

According to information released by Huntington police, officers knocked on the doors and windows of a trailer, where a month earlier a man had been arrested. But there was no response. When officers entered the trailer they were charged by a pit bull; the dog weighed about 100 pounds, authorities said.

“The police officers feared for their safety and one police officer fired his handgun, striking the dog and killing it,” police spokesman Lt. Russell Reinhart said in a statement. “No police officer was injured.”

The officers found the same man who had been arrested a month ago inside the trailer, Reinhart said. The suspect, who police said was the 24-year-old son of the trailer’s previous owner, was detained and later released, Reinhart said.

Orange County Animal Care collected the dog. The Huntington Beach Police Department is investigating the incident, Reinhart said.

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