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South Los Angeles woman fatally shoots pit bull in effort to break up dog fight

June 19, 2010 | 12:14 pm

An unidentified woman shot and killed one of two pit bulls during a dog fight in South Los Angeles on Saturday morning, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call of a dog shooting around 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Rosecrans Avenue, not far from the Harbor Freeway, said Sgt. Philip Thompson of the Los Angeles Police Department.

A woman told officers that she was about to walk her basset hound when two unleashed pit bulls charged and attacked her dog. The woman and the owner of the pit bulls attempted to break up the fight.

"They were unable to break up the dogs so she ran to her apartment and grabbed her gun," Thompson said. "She shot one of the pit bulls to stop the fight," Thompson said, adding that he did not know exactly how many shots were fired. The second pit bull fled.

The dog died at scene, he said. The woman's dog received non-serious wounds and was expected to live. Thompson said the woman handed the handgun to officers when they arrived. He said it was registered to her.

-- Ruben Vives