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Police Shoot Pit Bulls Following Attack on Mom and Son

The extent of the victims' injuries is unknown. Police are attempting to find the owners of the pit bulls who attacked the mother and son at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas.

Three pit bulls that attacked a mother and her son early today at a Newport Beach hotel were later shot and killed by police, an official reported.

Police responded to the attack at about 5:30 a.m. at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas. Witnesses told police the pit bulls were traveling in a pack and were last seen running on the golf course. An officer located the dogs a short time later on Newport Coast Drive just north of East Coast Highway.

"When the officer exited his vehicle to approach the dogs they immediately charged him, forcing him to retreat back into his vehicle," Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department, said in a released statement. "All three dogs began aggressively attacking the police vehicle."

Additional police officers and an animal control vehicle responded to the scene and tried to safely corral and capture the pit bulls, but were unable to get out of their vehicles because of the dogs' aggressive behavior.

"Officers were not only concerned for their own safety, but more importantly this location is frequented by joggers, cyclists, golfers, and many others," Lowe said. "After assessing the vicious and aggressive behavior of these pit bulls, and in the interest of public safety, the supervisor on scene authorized the officers to euthanize the dogs."

The female victim and her son were transported to a local hospital and the extent of their injuries was unknown, Lowe said. The dogs were taken to the Orange County Animal Shelter, but did not have tags or microchips.

Anyone with information about the pit bulls are asked to contact Newport Beach Animal Control at 949-622-2608.

Jessie August 17, 2012 at 04:31 AM
All dogs give warning signs. Pits were created to herd and take down big game such as bulls, it wasnt until later that people discovered how much they loved seeing that and decided to try it with two pits together. But remember, those pits had to be TRAINED to be aggressive towards those other dogs and big game. Pits arent born with a love of fighting. How do you even know for sure that these dogs enjoy what they are doing? You have to remember that doing what its master tells it to do and enjoying it are two different things.
Jessie August 17, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Also, when it comes to people having to lie about what breed their dog is, they do it because of Insurance companies that refuse to insure because of the breed of their dog. Or because of citywide bans that put the dogs at risk of being taken away. You assume that people only do that because they know their dog is dangerous, but that simply isnt the case. Alot of insurance companies wont insure people with huskies, rotties, dobies, and a few other breeds either. Plus, if BSL isnt a witchhunt, then please explain this list of 75 dogs breeds that have been banned or restricted in the US. The Pit is only one of these breeds. Dogs are dogs, doesnt matter the breed. Large breed dogs in general should be regulated. I have a pit that I rescued from a kill shelter, she is NOT dog aggressive and LOVES playing with other dogs at the dog park. We have had a problem with other dogs being aggressive towards her or barking in her face, but has she ever fought back? Not once, in fact, she will do her best to avoid confrontation. Plus, I have met alot of pits while volunteering at our local shelter, and I have never met one that is what YOU think they all are.
Jessie August 17, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Now, I dont know about you but I like responding with facts rather than just telling people that all they care about is themselves. Especially when I dont know them or everything they stand for. I dont really like what you say, but not once have I tried to insult you for it.
Jessie August 17, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Sorry, forgot to add that list of 75 banned or restricted dog breeds http://peekaboo420420.hubpages.com/hub/List_Of_75_Banned_Or_Restricted_Breeds_Is_your_Dog_On_The_New_List
Jessie August 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Banning breeds is not going to stop the irresponsible human owners that are causing the problems. But, by all means, lets just ignore the real problem and blame the dogs...

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