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"Possible" Pit Bull Attack in Linda Mar

Pacifica Police were called after what seemed to be a pit bull attacked a resident's dog.

Update, Mar. 8 at 3:01p.m.

With regard to the breed of the attacking dog, Scott Delucchi, community affairs representative for the Pennsula Humane Society (PHS), said that the Pacifica Police Officer who responded to the 911 call believed it to be a pit bull and that the PHS officer who responded later also believed the dog to be a pit bull.

The owner provided that the dog was a pit bull when licensing it, he said. 

Original post:

A Pacifica Police officer shot and killed a "possible" pit bull after responding to an incident on Adobe Drive.

A female resident called the police just after 9a.m. Tuesday morning yelling that a loose dog had come into her house and was attacking her dog, a Corgi, Captain Joe Spanheimer said.

"When the first officer arrived on scene and entered the home, he saw the homeowner attempting to fend off a dog that was attacking her smaller dog," Spanheimer said.

The possible pit bull chased the smaller dog into a room after the officer arrived and pinned it to the floor by its throat, he said. When the officer approached, the aggressor dog turned to face the officer.

"The pit bull then started toward the officer who was approximately three to four feet away," Spanheimer said. "Fearing for his safety, the officer drew his service pistol and discharged one round at the pit bull striking it in the chest area. The pit bull subsequently expired."

Peninsula Humane Society Officers responded to the scene to assist the Pacifica Police Department, and an investigation determined that the pit bull and another loose dog, a husky, belonged to a nearby resident. The Humane Society, which will be handling the case from here on out, took both dogs and will be contacting the owner.

The Corgi was taken to a nearby animal hospital for its injuries.

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CQ March 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Another unaccompanied, unleashed pit bill attack! Where was its "responsible" owner and why wasn't he/she exercising reasonable supervision? The video story just aired on KTVU 2 News. Thanks, PPD, for taking care of the situation and saving a life.
Bhatman March 08, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Hmmm....crickets chirping from the doggie crowd. No demands to release the name of the irresponsible owner? No demands of an investigation?
Jane Dough March 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
"what seemed to be a pit bull attacked a resident's dog". "A Pacifica Police officer shot and killed a "possible" pit bull ..." so they arent sure of the breed? what does this mean?
Sue Thompson March 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I wonder why there is a need to name the breed? If the husky who was also running free had been the attacker, would the headline have read "Possible Husky Attack in Linda Mar" ??
Serena Ip March 08, 2012 at 08:08 PM
A pit bull attacked and killed my toy poodle on August 26 at Fairmont Park in Pacifica. It has completely devastated me. Everyday I struggle from the trauma of it all and from missing my precious pup. As far as I know, the owner has never stepped forward or turned her dog in. I hope the corgi heals and that the pit bull's owner is held responsible for more than a slap on the wrist. I am so tired of owners of pit bulls claiming that their dogs are not aggressive, or that they never showed signs of aggression in the past so they let them go off-leash.
Jane Dough March 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
because a 'possible Husky' would not get your attention. it sounds like they aren't even sure what the breed of dog was. can we get clarification before we cause hysteria?
skooter March 08, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It doesn't matter to me what the breed of the dog is. If it's aggressive or not, the owner is responsible to control the dog. First, Pacifica has a leash law. That law is written to protect people and animals. If someone neglects to follow the leash restraint in a neighborhood, then the owner is responsible for whatever tragedy may occur. Its not only traumatic for the Corgi, its owner, the police officers and the suspect dog. This could all have been avoided by obeying the leash law. It isn't an arbitrary decision.
Camden Swita March 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I'm waiting to hear back from the Peninsula Humane Society about the exact breed of the dog.
Camden Swita March 08, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I'm waiting to hear back from the PHS about the exact breed of the dog. The police alternately called the dog a "possible pit bull" and a pit bull in their report.
Camden Swita March 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
If the police called it a "possible husky", then yes. I would name any breed in the headline, because a "Dog Attack" could involve a teacup poodle or a mastiff.
Camden Swita March 08, 2012 at 11:06 PM
All, please check the top of the story where I've added an update about the dog's breed.
Charles March 09, 2012 at 12:42 AM
How did the loose dog get into her house in the first place ??
Tess March 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Not the point - why was the dog loose in the first place is the point.
Diet T March 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
After reading this article, I was wondering if pit bull dog owners have to get beefed up liability insurance and so I Google'd that question. I found that they usually aren't covered under their regular homeowners policy unless they pay a higher rate: http://tinyurl.com/7dfsfs8 and some insurance companies will not insure homeowners with pit bulls at all. Do any Patch readers know, if one is able to get pit bull coverage, if it would cover the liability consequences when your dog bites someone or another pet when they aren't on your property? Yes, I do have neighbors with pit bulls but it seems they are VERY diligent about keeping a short leash and strict control of their pets.
Padma Chathapuram March 09, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Why is the owner not being held responsible? Why was the alleged pit bull running into some one else's house? Imagine if a small child had been attacked!
Dawn Miller March 09, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I feel for the corgi's owner. I am sorry this happened. But even the animal control officers don't always get the breed of a dog correct. I have seen everything from chihuahua/lab mixes to Dogo Argentinos listed as "pitbulls" at the Humane Societies around the west. I have an American Bulldog/Dalmation mix that gets called a pitbull constanly here in Pacifica. Two different people have come up to me and told me that I should have my dog killed because pitbulls are bad. My dog is wonderful, good with all animals and at almost 10 years old, has helped foster at least 15 litters of bottle baby kittens and other animals from the Placer S.P.C.A. where we used to live. It's unfortunate that we had to move to Pacifica, because I have never run into such hate towards my sweet dog until we came here. I wish the owners of the pitbulls or "possible pitbulls" ere more responsible, because I'm actually sick of the discrimanation. Any dog that attacks is the product of irresponsible owners, no matter the breed. Too bad no one around here knows their dog breeds. A real pitbull is 30 to 40 pounds. These 60lb. and above "pitbulls" are gross missbreedings of masstiff and pits that have diluted the breed into something that can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Dawn Miller March 09, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I feel for the corgi's owner. I am sorry this happened. But even the animal control officers don't always get the breed of a dog correct. I have seen everything from chihuahua/lab mixes to Dogo Argentinos listed as "pitbulls" at the Humane Societies around the west. I have an American Bulldog/Dalmation mix that gets called a pitbull constanly here in Pacifica. Two different people have come up to me and told me that I should have my dog killed because pitbulls are bad. My dog is wonderful, good with all animals and at almost 10 years old, has helped foster at least 15 litters of bottle baby kittens and other animals from the Placer S.P.C.A. where we used to live. It's unfortunate that we had to move to Pacifica, because I have never run into such hate towards my sweet dog until we came here. I wish the owners of the pitbulls or "possible pitbulls" ere more responsible, because I'm actually sick of the discrimanation. Any dog that attacks is the product of irresponsible owners, no matter the breed. Too bad no one around here knows their dog breeds. A real pitbull is 30 to 40 pounds. These 60lb. and above "pitbulls" are gross missbreedings of masstiff and pits that have diluted the breed into something that can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Sharon D March 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So sad for the Corgi & his/her human friend. I can't imagine how upset everyone involved was. Dogs need to be taught to share our human world. They don't come with an instruction manual that tells them what we expect and what is or is not acceptable. They are mammals but not humans. Responsible handlers are what makes great animal friends. Unaware handlers don't realize until it's too late the injustice they have done to their canine friend by not training them properly. If we all don't comply with local laws we will soon lose the privilege of having dogs share our lives. Many people are already trying to pass legislation to do just that. No more dogs. Please train & restrain your dogs from doing damage. Many lives will be safer & happier.
Kym March 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This means that because they are not sure, they are going to identify it as a 'pitbull' because this is what people expect it to be. There is a website called pitbullsontheweb. Click on find the pitbull. I bet 99% of people to check this out will be WRONG!!!! This is why so many dogs are 'ID' as a pitbull. It is called IGNORANCE and FEAR mostly due to the media. Very unfortunate.
Camden Swita March 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Kym, the owner identified the dog as a pit bull when he licensed it. I hardly see why he would do that out of ignorance and fear instilled in him by the media.
Kym March 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
It is a shame that 'pit bulls' have such a bad reputation that they are automatically 'accused' of ANY attack! The website Pitbullsontheweb.com has a 'find the pitbull' test to 'identify' pitbulls. I GUARANTEE that 99% of people will get these breeds WRONG!! We need to stop listening to the hype of the media on these dogs. Why do they insist on discriminating this breed? Doesn't anyone remember years ago? The German Shepherd, the Doberman, the Rottweiler? All these breeds have beed discriminated against at one time or another. Pit bulls are the new scapegoat for everything at this point in time. Eventually, it will be another breed that society will pick on. Just give it time.
Kym March 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I agree Sue. Why name the breed if they dont even know WHAT it is? And, no, it would NOT have said 'possibly husky attack' because only pit bull attacks seem to be ''newsworthy'. Not like their isn't enough discrimination against the breed. So, let's add 'possible' to the headline, to get everyones attention anyway. Guilty until proven innocent, right guys? People that do these stories only want to stir the pot, when is someone going to go against the 'norm' and write articles about the great things these dogs do? THerapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, canine good citizens, just to name a FEW... How many articles have you written on those? None. Not 'newsworthy'....Writers like you contribute to the problem IMO...sorry
Camden Swita March 09, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Kym, thanks for the input. We've covered the good and the bad on Pacifica Patch about pit bulls. We've posted articles advocating for the adoption of pit bulls and pit bull mixes: http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/pet-of-the-week-trixie http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/pet-of-the-week-trixie And about pit bulls who survived abuse and became therapy dogs: http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/michael-vick-s-pit-bulls-appear-in-pacifica http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/michael-vick-s-pit-bulls-to-make-celebrity-appearance-in-pacifica You presume a lot considering I am the one who wrote this article and, I think, know little about the process behind news reporting. I would have named the breed no matter what it was, because that's an important fact. I added "possible" to the headline because that's what the police said, and then I went in later and added more information when the PHS got back to me. Do you think we should make a news story of it each time a pit bull becomes a therapy dog? That, to me, seems excessive. I think what adds to the problem is when you comment on something like this, diverting the attention away from why a dog that was obviously dangerous was able to run the streets unsupervised and toward a theory regarding pit bulls in the media.
Diet T March 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Usually insurance companies are not hysterically discriminating with their rates.....they routinely use cold-hard statistics in determining their rates. That's why owners of pit bulls and other breeds (Akita, Alaskan, Chow Chow, Doberman Pincher, German Shepherd, Malamute, Presa Canarios, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Wolf dog) are often determined to be more of a risk by those responsible for setting premium rates and writing homeowners (personal liability) policies. I see Mary T. Brown's State Farm ad just below this box.....maybe she could chime in with some supporting data....one way or the other?
Kym March 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Unfortunatly, I cannot reply directly to your last post, Camden but I will down here. Are you really trying to justify the point of reporting both sides of pit bulls by flaunting your whole 2 articles and a post of the pet of the week?Really? And NO I DON'T THINK THAT WRITING AN ARTICLE ABOUT EVERY PIT BULL THERAPY DOG IS EXCESSIVE THANK YOU!!! But isn't it funny how you 'reporters' find it nessesary to report on EVERY pitbull attack or so-called 'pit bull' attack? Hmmm. You don't think that is extreme?And no, I am not trying to divert from the subject. Yes, I agree, the dog should NOT have been running loose, and I agree that the owner should pay the consequenses. As far as my 'theory' of pit bulls and the media, you should know, is very correct. You reporters have shown that to be true on your own. You seem to have nothing better to 'report' on than another 'pit bull' attack.
Camden Swita March 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Kym, based on your all-caps sentence, it seems as if you're getting upset. Please, stay calm. I don't think it's funny that we "reporters" report on every pit bull attack, because I don't think it's funny or exciting when they happen. I do, however, think that when the police notify the press that a dog attack has occurred, I should report on it. In my time here in Pacifica, I've received two reports from the police about a dog attack. Both involved a pit bull, and I reported on both. That, to me, is not "extreme". A woman was killed in Pacifica last year by a pit bull. Should I have not reported on that so as not to tarnish the breed's track record? You insist on bringing up the use of the word "possible" in your comments, and I think that's where you're missing the point. The police told me that it was a "possible" pit bull, I didn't just hear "dog attack" and make up "possible pit bull" to add some spice. I went and found other information, as soon as it was available, that confirmed that this dog was a pit bull. So, I think your point about there being some kind of media fixation with pit bulls, while perhaps valid in some venues, is poorly directed here. Maybe your comments would be better directed at other organizations that do actually advocate against owning or breeding pit bulls.
Serena Ip March 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
i find it interesting that people who defend pit bulls get so aggressive - to me, that just supports the criticism they receive. to say that reporters only choose to report pit bull attacks is incredibly far-fetched. it also a little silly to say the media glorifies the bad rap pit bulls get. there is extensive research, statistics, and cases on pit bull attacks. it's unfortunate, but those are the facts.
Pat March 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I feel bad for the Corgi owner. I can imagine the fear and trama this dog and it's irresponsible owner have caused. Whether this dog was a pit bull or not dosen't really matter, it was an aggressive and dangerous dog and had no place in our community. A similar incident occured on Pedro Point in December when a aggressive dog killed a beloved emu who had been a resident on the Point for many years. This was caused by another irresponsible dog owner. This dog had prepreviously attacked another dog. I commend the Pacifica police dept. for not playing games and shooting the dog that attacked the Corgi. I would have done the same.
tim stack April 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
hi serena. first let me say that it is a terrible thing to loose a pet. especially the way you lost your. now let me say a few things about pits. we have a dog,mufasa, that we got from a neighbor. he has some pit in him my cuz has a pit. both dogs are happy go lucky animals. mufasa cn be seen at the dog park at sanchez school most days playing with all the dogs and running along with a big smile on his face. my point is that the breed itself can and can not be agressive,. it depends on the owner and the love the dog is shown. again serena i am sorry for your lose. tim

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