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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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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2002 | Nora Zamichow, Times Staff Writer
Tia Maria Torres is a patron saint of lost causes -- she rescues pit bulls, dogs so notorious that many shelters immediately kill them. A pit bull bit off part of a mail carrier's nose last summer in Los Angeles. Another pit bull mauled a 2-year-old in La Habra, tearing into his face and scalp. It's also the type of dog that sleeps curled up by Torres' head, while another snores beneath her feet at night.
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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.
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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
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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June 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two pit bulls running loose through a neighborhood were shot and killed by law enforcement officers after biting two people, police said. The animals' owner could not be located.
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April 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two pit bulls badly injured a woman early Friday before a police officer shot and killed one of the animals, authorities said. Angelina Wilkins, 42, was hospitalized in critical condition with bites to her neck, chest and legs, Officer Martha Garcia said. Wilkins was walking on a South Los Angeles sidewalk about 3:30 a.m. when the dogs attacked her, Garcia said. Four people tried to help. One man was bitten on the leg and treated by paramedics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who unleashed his pit bull on a cat that later died was sentenced to nine months in San Mateo County Jail for felony animal cruelty. As part of the sentence, Anthony Makoni, 19, of East Palo Alto also is prohibited from owning animals and will serve three years' probation after he is released. Makoni's dog, Black, was scheduled to be euthanized for the February attack.
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
February 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Following the lead of San Francisco and San Jose, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday asked the county counsel to draw up an ordinance that would require spaying and neutering of many pit bulls and Rottweilers. As in other communities, several animal activists opposed the requirement. But Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who offered the motion, cited a recent pit bull attack on a 11-month-old girl to argue it was necessary. The county intends to exempt professional breeders.
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.
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
November 16, 2005 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
This city and county Tuesday became the first in California to pass a law regulating pit bulls, in the wake of a state law change last month that allows municipalities to enact limited measures regulating specific breeds. Mayor Gavin Newsom sought the change in state law after the mauling death in June of a 12-year-old San Francisco boy left alone with two family pit bulls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An ordinance that would require spaying and neutering of pit bull terriers in the city will go to a final vote at the Board of Supervisors meeting next week. A committee tentatively approved the plan Monday. Other pit bull-related ordinances that were introduced by Supervisor Bevan Duffy would require city permits to breed them and prohibit owners of pit bulls or pit bull mixes from retrieving impounded dogs unless the animals were spayed or neutered.
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