A Chihuahua was killed Sunday afternoon in Richmond while defending its owner and her newborn baby against two pit bulls, a Contra Costa County Animal Services official said today. The pit bulls entered a home in the 300 block of South Seventh Street shortly before 4:50 p.m. Sunday, Animal Services Deputy Director Dan Barrett said. They went to the rear of the residence, where the woman was with her 22-day-old baby and her 1-year-old Chihuahua named “Manchas,” Barrett said. The male pit bull grabbed Manchas in its jaw and ran out of the house, followed by the female pit bull. Richmond police and county animal services officers responded and found the dead dog a short time later, he said. The officers followed the pit bulls to a home in the 200 block of South Fourth Street, where they found a male resident who claimed ownership of the dogs, Barrett said. The owner was told about the incident and was given the option to relinquish custody of the animals but refused, so the dogs were impounded, Barrett said. Animal services officials will investigate to determine what action may be taken against the owner. An administrative hearing will be held on the dogs, in accordance with the county’s dangerous animal ordinance. If the pit bulls are determined to be dangerous, they will be euthanized, Barrett said.
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