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Orange County woman shoots, wounds dog after it attacks her 6-year-old daughter

The girl and her 3-year-old sister were walking to a neighbor's house in Lake Forest when the dog, thought to be a boxer or pit bull mix, attacked the older girl, who was treated for bite marks.

May 20, 2010|By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

A Lake Forest woman shot a dog after it attacked her 6-year-old daughter outside their home Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The girl and the woman's 3-year-old daughter were walking to a neighbor's house on a quiet cul-de-sac when a dog, thought to be a boxer or a pit bull mix, attacked the older girl, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

The unidentified woman, holding her 1-year-old daughter and accompanied by her 14-year-old son, was drawn from the house by the children's screams. Outside, they found the dog on top of the 6-year-old, biting her.

A neighbor tried to get the dog off the girl by spraying it with Windex, Amormino said. When that didn't work, the 14-year-old punched the dog until it released the child.

The woman scooped up her daughters and ran to her house, Amormino said, but the dog chased them, at one point snapping at the 1-year-old's pant legs.

The woman tried to scare the dog away by yelling and stomping, but when that failed to work, she got a 9-millimeter Glock semiautomatic pistol from the house and shot it once in the neck, Amormino said.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian's office and survived, Amormino said. Sheriff's deputies were looking for the owner.

The 6-year-old was treated by paramedics for bite marks to her face, leg, arm and shoulder, Amormino said.

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