On Wednesday, San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies were forced to shoot and kill two of three marauding pit bulls in Yucaipa after the dogs killed three goats, hurt a horse and charged officers who were trying to capture the dogs, officials state. (Yucaipa is a city located 10 miles east of the city of San Bernardino.).
A call was received shortly after 8:00 a.m. on July 31 from a homeowner stating that three large Pit Bulls were on the property and had just killed one of the homeowner's goats in the 12200 block of Eleventh Street, according to the Los Angeles Times.
When deputies arrived at the location near Yucaipa Blvd. and Oak Glen Road, the three dogs were still inside a pen, attacking the remaining goats, according to Yucapia Police Department Sgt. Michael O'Brien.
Animal control officers responded to capture the dogs, but an even more dangerous situation developed as one of the dogs charged an animal control officer.
“In defense of the officer, a deputy was forced to shoot and kill the charging dog, according to the written statement issued by the Sheriff’s department. “A … second pit bull charged to attack the officers and deputies, forcing the deputy to shoot (that) dog."
The third pit bull was finally contained and removed by animal control, according to the report.
Deputies later discovered that three goats had been killed by the dogs, which also had entered a corral and attacked a horse, investigators reported.
Witnesses told investigators that there had been previous incidents involving these dogs running loose and acting aggressively. None of the dogs had a tag or collar.
Neighbors directed deputies to a nearby home where they said the owners lived. But no one was home.
A veterinarian was called to treat the surviving goats and horse, according to the Banning-Beaumont Patch. Sheriff's officials say the investigation is ongoing.