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* San Jose Police Shoot Two Pit Bull Dogs Attacking Animal Control Officer on Pentland Way

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San Jose police killed one large bulldog and wounded another in an attempt to rescue an animal control officer who was severely mauled by the dogs this morning, police and fire spokesmen said. The attack happened after the dogs broke out of a nearby home and made their way to a house in the 2300 block of Pentland Way at about 7 a.m., police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. The homeowner called police to report a vicious animal.  Police arrived at the home with an animal control officer, who went into the backyard to try to contain the two dogs, fire Capt. Barry Stallard said. He estimated that the two male American bulldogs weighed about 80 pounds each. Both bulldogs started attacking the animal control officer, and police fired on the dogs, killing one and injuring the other, Lopez said.  Stallard said the dogs were extremely aggressive, and officers had to fire 11 rounds before they were incapacitated.  The dogs bit the officer nine times in the arms, legs, buttocks and hips before they were controlled, Stallard said. The officer was taken to a hospital and will require surgery, he said. While the dogs took a sizeable chunk of flesh out of the officer’s right arm, Stallard was relieved that the dogs did not bite her face or neck.  “She was fighting them, kicking them, trying to fight them with her baton,” he said.  The homeowner told officers he usually keeps the glass sliding door to the backyard open in the mornings, but it happened to be closed today, Stallard said.  “He was about to feed his 6- and 8-year-old kids breakfast and those dogs were jumping against the sliding door.”  “Those kids would have been torn to pieces,” he said.   Stallard said city records show six previous complaints against the owner of the two bulldogs. Animal control and police are investigating the incident, Lopez said. He declined to give the address of the dogs’ owner. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. [flash w=460 h=320 mode=0 f={image=}]

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