FREMONT (CBS SF) — Police shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking residents in a Fremont neighborhood on Saturday.
Officers were called to a residence on Blaisdell Way after residents reported a gray and white pit bull had attacked an elderly man and his grandson, police said.
The man suffered a severe hand injury and the dog bit the child’s foot, police said.
Police were told that the dog had been attacking everything in the yard of the house, including a basketball, tetherball, shoes and other outdoor equipment.
The residents had locked themselves into cars and inside the house to avoid the dog, police said.
The man and grandson were able to get inside a neighbor’s home after the attack, police said.
When an officer arrived the dog charged at him, but the officer used his baton to fend off the canine and tried to get the dog into the back of his patrol car.
Instead, the dog grabbed onto the baton and ran off with it and destroyed it, police said.
The officer advised all nearby residents to stay inside and away from windows until the dog was caught, police said.
Fire crews also responded to tend to the injured man and grandson and did not know that the dog was still loose in the area, police said.
The dogs then charged at three firefighters who had exited their truck to treat the two victims, police said.
Two of the firefighters scrambled into the truck cab, while a third climbed on top of the truck, police said.
Then dog then charged at the police officer once again, which was when the officer shot the dog once.
The pit bull died at the scene, police said.
The dog had no tags on and residents were not familiar with the animal.
The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital while the child was taken in a car. They were both treated at a hospital and released, police said.
The Fremont Animal Service Department is investigating the incident, police said.
Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call Fremont police (510) 790-6800.
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