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2 pit bulls attacking a retired fire captain are killed by police

October 10, 2011 | 12:05 pm

Police in Glendora said they killed two pit bulls to stop them from mauling a retired fire captain.

The 67-year-old man had been out for an early-morning walk when the dogs attacked him on 1600 block of South Sunflower Avenue at about 4 a.m., police said. He fended them off with a wooden walking stick until it broke, and then tried to keep them away with a fragment of the broken stick.

When Glendora Officer Matt Fenner arrived, the man was trying to climb over a wall, but the dogs pulled him down. When one of the dogs circled into the street, the officer intentionally rammed it with his car to stop it from attacking, authorities said. 

The other dog, however, continued to attack as the man, "bleeding profusely," screamed for help, police said in a statement. The dog then advanced on the officer, who fired his gun, killing the animal,  said.

The dog that was struck by Fenner's car limped away. When a second officer arrived, he followed that dog to a nearby school where an animal control officer tranquilized it and transported it to an emergency veterinary clinic, where it later died. 

The retired fire captain was treated at a local hospital for puncture wounds to his face, arms, torso, legs and groin, and a possible separated or broken shoulder, among other injuries

Animal control officers were trying to determine who owned the dogs, which were not wearing tags.


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