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Pit bull attack has Echo Park dog owners taking up arms

February 22, 2010 | 11:21 am

Linkingla A vicious dog attack in Echo Park is prompting some dog owners to arm themselves.

Jenny Burman, who watches Echo Park on the Chicken Corner blog, reports that a small dog was recently attacked by a pit bull in the neighborhood. The attack highlights growing concerns by some about dangerous pit bulls in Echo Park, she said, and it's caused an extreme response on the Web.

"The attack quickly led to an extended song of fear on the list serv: Dog owners who fear for their safety and the safety of their dogs. One woman says she has a .22 and is considering bringing it with her to the park so that she can shoot a dangerous dog if it tries to attack one of her four dogs," Burman wrote. "Another woman says she already carries a stun wand. Someone asked where to get one. At least two maybe three say they pack pepper spray, but one person says it's hard to use."

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Here are some other interesting L.A. reads on the Web today: 

SANTA MONICA GROWTH WARS: There's another push in Santa Monica to reduce development, at least temporarily. From the Argonaut: "Due to the impending review of the environmental impact report on Santa Monica’s future land use guidelines, City Councilman Kevin McKeown will be asking his council colleagues to place a “temporary hold” on all development agreements, including the massive mixed-use complex planned near Bergamot Station."

DENNY'S COMES TO EAST L.A.: There's a lot of excitement as the Eastside nabs a sit-down chain eatery, according to Eastside L.A.: "It is one of the few sit-down, chain restaurants to operate in unincorporated East Los Angeles, which is still dominated by mom-and pop taquerias and independent restaurants. The last real estate boom saw the arrival of other major restaurant and coffee house chains that have brought a suburban flavor to parts of East Los Angeles, including a Starbucks on Third Street and a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Mednik."

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