Pit Bull Attacks El Paso Animal Control Officer, Police Shoot Dog

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

One month after a serious attack on a female Los Angeles Animal Services officer by two American Bulldogs while she was working alone at night, KFOX-TV reports that police shot an aggressive Pit Bull after it reportedly attacked a female El Paso Animal Control Officer.

An animal control officer was attacked by three large dogs Thursday afternoon at a trailer park in Northeast El Paso, officials said.

The officer was responding to a call when she was attacked at about 3:20 p.m. in the 6100 block of Sun Valley Drive east of Dyer Street, said Ramon Herrera, spokesman for the city's Environmental Services Department.

The incident happened at Queens Mobile Home Estates in Northeast El Paso. The owner of the two Pit Bulls the officer was attempting to pick up said that the dogs were inside a kennel in her fenced yard when she called for animal control to come and take them away on Thursday.

"I've been noticing that the dogs were getting kind of weird and violent, and so I've been trying to find homes for them," the owner told KFOX-TV.

The woman said her ex-boyfriend had left the dogs with her a couple of months ago. Finally, because of her concerns about the safety of her two young children, she called Animal Control.

The owner said only one woman animal control officer arrived and when she tried to open the cage, the male Pit Bull bit her.

”I hope she is OK. I just can't believe that this is happening. This is what I wanted to prevent," the owner said.

El Paso police rushed to the scene when the animal control officer called for help during the attack.

Police shot one dog, who Herrera said was badly wounded but was still alive early Thursday evening, according to the El Paso Times.

The owner said she also had a third dog—a Husky—in the yard and hoped to get that dog back.

The Police Department took over the investigation because of the shooting. The Police Department's Shooting Review Team is investigating the shooting as standard practice when there is an officer-involved shooting.

The condition of the Animal Control Officer has not been released.  The El Paso Times reports that she had bites to her left leg below her knee and on her right forearm, according to ambulance radio transmissions as she was taken to a hospital.

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Sources: KFOX TV, El Paso Times