SAN MATEO (AP) — A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.
One pit bull was killed and the other captured when the San Mateo officer rammed the dogs with his vehicle Wednesday, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Police had tried unsuccessfully to corral the pit bulls after they bit one woman and attacked a landscaper in a backyard, who fended them off with a leaf blower.
The dogs, between 55 and 70 pounds, then clawed at the driver’s side of a patrol car, ran toward a nearby high school and charged at the woman with a stroller, who was unharmed, police said. It was at that point that the officer rammed the dogs. The surviving dog retreated to its home, about a quarter mile away, were animal control officers captured it with help from its owner.
Police were investigating how the dogs got loose.