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News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Pit Bulls Quarantined After Attacking Eight-Year-Old Girl In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 21, 2014, 1:20 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

An eight-year-old girl is resting at home today after being attacked by two to three pit bulls on Sunday night, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said officers responded to a call of a dog bite in the 1800 block of 21st Street at about 8 pm.  

Moroso told The Mirror the attack involving three pit bull dogs occurred in the yard of a private residence.

"The yard had several apartments on the premises," Moroso said. "As the girl and her mother arrived, the dogs came out of a residence and bit her." 

The girl sustained non-life threatening bite wounds to her left shoulder area, her left foot and calf, and left buttocks to which she was taken to a local hospital and received multiple stitches, Moroso said.

Moroso said the three dogs involved in the incident were taken from the owners for a 10-day quarantine by the SMPD’s Animal Control Unit.

“The initial police investigation has found no evidence of criminal conduct committed by the dog owners,” Moroso said.

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Apr. 21, 2014, 5:41:03 pm

ted said...

I wish someone can explain to me why Lincoln Park was re-named Christine Reed Park. All I know is that she was a SMMR councilperson and rotated into the mayorship, the way they do, If she did something really great, I can't remember it.

Apr. 21, 2014, 7:03:08 pm

Merritt Clifton said...

Of the 4,680 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,160 (68%) were pit bulls; 550 were Rottweilers; 3,991 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 550 human fatalities, 289 were killed by pit bulls; 86 were killed by Rottweilers; 416 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,812 people who were disfigured, 1,908 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 321 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,382 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

Apr. 21, 2014, 8:41:14 pm

Ted said...

Those idiots from the pit bull rescues are constantly trying to defend the breed but I agree they were genetically wired to kill. It's the same mentality as the gun nuts. We would be better off to eliminate these breeds from the gene pool by making it illegal to breed the dogs any longer and an automatic felony to any owner whose dog attacks someone.

Apr. 21, 2014, 8:44:51 pm

Orville Left said...

So that means the owners will get their dodgy muts back so they can attack again? Hopefully the neighbors will leave bowls of antifreeze out for the dogs to enjoy when they return home.

Apr. 22, 2014, 3:55:28 am

stewart said...

when I tried to start a towing business here in SM thives began jumping the 7ft fence at the commercail location at night when no one was around to steal expensive radios etc.. Thats when I got a pitbull. Konan. One night I came in from a long run and slept in the truck I was so exhausted I coul not safely drive a nother foot. I woke to Konan chasing an inruder in the fenced yard. The theif got oback over the fence and that ended the rash of thefts. Then came the letter from the city demanding a$100,000. bond for the 'known vicious breed' they had become aware of. I could not come up with the $10-k deposit on the bond and the dog had to go even though he had never hurt any human being. Make no mistake, he was quite capable of it. In that example he protected me when I was asleep after working myself into physical exhaustion. He protected me from finacial hardships I could not absord due to theft. Some months later I was jumped by three men and was arressted and went to trial and was I aquitted on the grounds off self defense. In a scant few weeks there after I came upon a SM Police woman struggling with three men on Navy st mid morning on a Sunday as back up arrived. I went after the fourth man down Mains st towards Rose, in to an alley there and a courtyard of an aprtment where I 'dogged' the fleeing felon. By the time the SMPD caught up with us we were on the ground struggling. I feared for my life more from the police with guns drawn shouting orders. If Konan had been there he would have been in command. I am dreadfully sorry this child was injured and I am very, very, mad at the owners of those beasts who allowed this to happen by commission or ommission. Keeping an animal like that comes with a particular set of responsibilities to society and they failed as keepers of those animals to do that, and so did the property owners and dare I say the city as was my experience with SM over Konan.

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