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Manteca wants pit bull that killed dog destroyed

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POSTED April 6, 2011 1:46 a.m.
The courts will now decide the fate of a pit bull that killed another dog.

The pit bull last month escaped from the second floor of a home along Pestana Avenue in East Manteca and attacked and killed a neighbor’s aging companion dog as it was lying in the driveway watching its owner who suffers from multiple sclerosis work on his car.

The pit bull’s owner offered to take his dog that’s been impounded by the City of Manteca home Tuesday night promising the City Council he’ll get additional obedience training for it.

“One dog already lost his life, I don’t see (the point) of another dog losing his life,” Chris Tyrell argued.

The dog, according to the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, had only one other incident involving a vicious attack and that was with another dog some five years ago. In that incident, a Golden Retriever was attacked while its owner was injured trying to stop it. A young child was knocked down by the pit bull during the same incident.

Tyrell argued that the dog has only demonstrated it can be vicious at times against other dogs and not humans.

Manteca City Council members weren’t willing to take the chance as they unanimously agreed to authorize City Attorney Don Lupul to secure a judge’s OK to destroy the 60-pound dog.

Councilman Steve DeBrum told how a neighbor’s dog about 15 years charged his wife and granddaughter as they were getting into their car to reach a small family dog that it ended up violently shaking. It died 24 hours later.

DeBrum said it could very easily have been his granddaughter who is now 18 that the dog grabbed.

The councilman also said he has had a dog of his own that displayed a vicious streak that he put down because of a responsibility not just to his own family but the community as a whole.

Tyrell’s attorney argued his client was denied due process to a timely decision.  The lawyer also argued that the city would be opening itself to costly litigation if they proceeded to try and get a court order for terminating the dog’s life. He offered to try and work something out where the dog could be returned to his owner.

A relative speaking on behalf of Nelson Nieves whose 15-year-old beagle-terrier that weighed 25 pounds was killed, disputed Tyrell’s characterization of it being a dog fight. She noted her uncle’s dog was just lying in the driveway when it was attacked and killed.

Tyrell tried to emphasize the dog wasn’t aggressive toward humans by noting it did not attack anyone when they approached him to remove the dead dog from its grasp. He added that the dog has never shown any signs of aggression around young children.

Manteca resident Richard Hansen urged the council to have the dog put down noting that once an animal has the taste of blood they should be destroyed.

“What’s to say it won’t happen again?” Hansen asked.
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