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2 pit bulls fatally shot during probation search in Yolo County

Two pit bulls were shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Yolo County after the dogs charged them, authorities said Tuesday.

The animals were shot Monday morning during a probation search at a Woodland residence.

Once inside, deputies found two people and three pit bulls, along with five other dogs in the backyard. Yolo County Animal Control was called to help with the situation.

Deputies say the pit bulls were inside a bedroom that needed to be searched. An animal control officer tried taking one of the dogs out, but was soon charged by another pit bull.

A deputy was said to have Tased that charging pit bull, but a third pit bull soon charged and attacked the wires from the Taser. The two non-Tased pit bulls then allegedly charged the deputies throughout the house, forcing the deputies to shoot the dogs.

Both pit bulls were taken to the UC Davis Animal Hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival. The surviving pit bull and the five other dogs were being held at the Yolo County Animal Shelter. They were not properly licensed, deputies said.

Two people, 46-year-old Carol Vitalie and 43-year-old Vicent Van Asperson, were arrested on drug possession charges.

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