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April 10, 1996
Two men pulled a 4-year-old girl from the grip of a pit bull terrier in South Los Angeles on Tuesday after the dog charged the child and bit her on the neck, head and chest, authorities said. David Cook, a retired schoolteacher from Long Beach, was standing near his car when he heard the girl scream from across the street just before she was bitten. With the help of the dog's owner, a unidentified man in his early 203, they pulled the animal off the girl.
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February 6, 2010 | By David Kelly
The pit bulls sprawled around the Riverside County Animal Control office this week were an unusually tranquil lot -- more fluffy the cat than hound from hell. Each had been sedated before its turn on the operating table to get fixed, part of an ambitious project aimed at putting a dent in their exploding population here. "We always knew we had a lot of pit bulls, but when we analyzed the data we saw that half our population was dominated by this breed," said Robert Miller, director of Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
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March 24, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man who was mauled by two pit bull terriers last year sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday for releasing the dogs after earlier attacks on neighborhood animals. Attorney Jeff Zinder said the city knew the dogs were dangerous before they attacked his client, Acension Cervantes, 41, in February 2000. "They were returned to their owners despite the fact that the dogs had exhibited vicious and dangerous propensities," Zinder said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
A Rubidoux man died Friday after he was mauled by two pit bulls, officials said. The 60-year-old victim lived with the dogs at the home where he was attacked, according to Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The dogs -- a male and female -- belonged to a relative. "He was just sitting in the backyard smoking a cigarette and for some reason the dogs attacked him," Gutierrez said. The victim died at the scene. The dogs were signed over to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services by the owner and euthanized, said spokesman John Welsh.
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February 25, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he struggled with his one free arm to fend off the relentless attack of two pit bull terriers, Acension Cervantez didn't think he would survive. But as he lay face down with his strength ebbing, the dogs inexplicably walked away, leaving the nurseryman alone, his body bloodied, his scalp torn open, his left ear ripped off. "I didn't think I'd come out of it alive," the 40-year-old immigrant said Thursday, from his Sylmar home, where the father of three is recuperating.
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March 24, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man who was mauled by two pit bull terriers last year sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday for releasing the animals after earlier attacks on neighborhood animals. Attorney Jeff Zinder said the city knew the dogs were dangerous before they attacked his client, Acension Cervantes, 41, in February 2000. Zinder said the city should not have returned the dogs to their owners after earlier impoundments for vicious behavior.
NEWS
June 4, 1991 | Reuters
The government has banned imports of fighting dogs, including American pit bull terriers and Japanese Tosas and Akitas, the government said Monday.
NEWS
November 12, 1988 | Associated Press
Two pit bull terriers were in the custody of an animal control warden Friday after they attacked and killed a graduate student, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2002
Sheriff's deputies shot two pit bull terriers to death Monday after the dogs attacked a 71-year-old man as he was getting out of his car on Harvest Avenue in Cerritos. The officers said they opened fire when the dogs charged at one of the deputies. The victim, who was not identified, suffered bites on his left leg and both arms, officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. Officers said it had not been decided whether charges would be filed against the owner of the dogs.
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September 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Las Vegas family's two pit bulls burst into the house from the backyard to attack a 4-month girl, mauling her to death as her grandmother tried to escape with the baby into another room, police said. The grandmother, who was baby-sitting at the time of the attack, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The dogs apparently burst through a screen door and started attacking the baby in her stroller, police said. "They just went right for the little girl," North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph Forti told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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August 15, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds, the dog rescues started with an open-door policy. Cruising around Chicago on winter nights, they pulled up beside bedraggled strays and swung open the car door. If the animal didn't skitter away, if it wasn't too beaten down to contemplate jumping inside, they figured, there was a chance to save it. Often, their hearts got the best of them. They bolted from the car and chased down dogs of all shapes and sizes.
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June 5, 2008 | Tami Abdollah
A 1-year-old boy bitten by a pit bull was in critical condition Wednesday at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, authorities said. The boy's mother called 911 after at least one of the family's two pit bulls bit her son on a cheek, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Department. Firefighters responded to the 13000 block of Louvre Street at 11:06 a.m., said d'Lisa Davies, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters used an extinguisher to spray the dog so paramedics could reach the boy, officials said.
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November 20, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The owner of a pit bull faces the possibility of three years in prison after her dog attacked a letter carrier, Orange County prosecutors said Monday. Sheri Moody's dog allegedly jumped into a neighbor's yard on Sept. 4 and knocked the mailman to the ground, causing a large cut to his face and an injury to his left eye, which might require reconstructive surgery. Moody, 54, was charged Monday with one felony count of allowing a vicious animal at large to cause serious bodily injury.
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August 23, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A popular 60-year-old mail carrier remained in intensive care Wednesday, two days after he was attacked by a pit bull on his route in Torrance, police said. The mail carrier, a Cerritos resident and 25-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was walking by a house in the 700 block of Amapola Avenue on Monday.
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August 5, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council may soon be employing an unlikely set of partners -- parolees and pit bulls -- in its efforts to reduce euthanized killings of unwanted pets, and a demonstration Saturday offered a glimpse of how such a program would work. The council postponed approval of the Pit Bull Training Academy at a Friday hearing in Van Nuys until issues of liability and public safety could be sorted out.
NEWS
January 12, 1988
Los Angeles County Supervisors today voted down, 3 to 1, a proposal to ban pit bull terriers from unincorporated areas of the county. The plan, put forward by Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was defeated after a number of defenders of the breed said the ban would have violated their constitutional rights and would have presented many enforcement difficulties. If passed, the ordinance would have given owners of pit bulls 60 days to remove the animals from areas of the county where the law applied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Animal control officials plan to start enforcing a new law forcing pit bull owners to spay or neuter their animals. The city's Animal Care & Control Agency has been issuing warnings to owners of pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes. Owners could face up to six months in jail and as much as $1,000 in fines for violations of the regulations. Agency Director Carl Friedman said Thursday the warning period was over and officers would begin issuing citations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A Pasadena man was arrested Wednesday after his pit bulls attacked three people, police said. About 8:20 a.m., police received more than 20 calls from residents in the vicinity of North Michigan Avenue and East Mountain Street reporting that "a small pack of dogs were roaming loose in the area and were attacking residents," said Pasadena Police Lt. Alex Uribe. Three patrol cars and a helicopter were dispatched to the scene.
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June 8, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Authorities had no luck Thursday finding the owner of two pit bulls who attacked an elderly woman and killed her poodle in Tustin. The pair of 80-pound dogs, both female, were being held in quarantine at the Orange County Animal Care Center after Wednesday's attack.
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