Pit Bulls Shot After Menacing San Diego Police
San Diego police said they were forced to shoot two pit bulls Tuesday after the dogs threatened the safety of the neighborhood and charged at officers.
Police said they got several calls about the dogs chasing children and construction workers in Paradise Hills. According to one report, a pit bull bit a child's backpack as the child ran away.
Police said they used their public address system to warn people to stay inside while they cornered the dogs. Both dogs were shot. One died at the scene; the other was shot in the leg and transported to a vet for treatment.
Neighbors allege the shooting was inhumane.
"It was hard to watch it suffer," said Teri Carlin. "I don't know how many times they shot it, but I watched the dog lay down, try to breathe, get back up, try to breathe, and it just kept doing that and it was hard."
Police said they choose not to kill the dog immediately because they want to avoid the possibility a stray bullet could ricochet and hit somebody.
"When a dog is shot, we call animal patrol officers," said Capt. Cesar Solis, of the San Diego Police Department. "We try to get them there as soon as possible. If there are injuries, we try to get them treated as soon as possible. The dog that survived, that's exactly what happened to him."
Police were not sure who owned the dogs.
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