Woman Bitten, Dog Killed In Union City Pit Bull Attack

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A pit bull terrier. (Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images)

UNION CITY (CBS SF) – A woman was bitten in Union City on Monday morning when she tried to stop two dogs from attacking her terrier, police said.

The 19-year-old woman was walking her dog on a leash near 10th and H streets around 11:15 a.m. when her terrier was attacked by a 3-year-old female pit bull and a 4-month-old rottweiler-pit bull mix, Union City police said.

Two Union City public works employees who were nearby witnessed the attack and intervened, according to police.

The employees tried to make the pit bull let go of the terrier, but it wouldn’t release the dog. One employee grabbed a shovel from the work truck and hit the pit bull several times until it let go.

The terrier died in the attack.

The employees then tied up one of the dogs and followed the other, and discovered where the dogs lived.

Animal Control officers took both dogs into custody and they were being quarantined at the Tri-City Animal Shelter pending a vicious dog hearing.

Police said the attack was unprovoked.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Union City police at (510) 471-1365 or the anonymous tip line at (510) 675-5207. Tips can also be emailed to tips@unioncity.org.

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