FREMONT (CBS SF) — A Fremont police officer shot and killed a large pit bull dog that had turned on its owner and another woman in a bloody attack at a park, according to the department.

The incident happened Sunday evening just after 8:00 p.m. at Vallejo Mills Park.

Police responded to a 911 call about a vicious dog attacking two females and “chewing them up” according to the witness cited in the police blotter.

Officers found two women whose hands were covered in blood trying to control an extremely violent dog, the report said. Fremont Police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the dog was a pit bull weighing some 70-80 pounds.

The police report said the women had been trying to break up a fight between the pit bull and another dog when the pit bull turned on the owner.

One of the women had her finger bitten off, said Bosques.

One officer managed to grab the dog around the neck with a snare pole, but the animal attacked the pole, shook it violently, and began to slip away from the noose, police said.

The officer then shot and killed the dog due to its violent behavior and aggressiveness, Bosques said.

“It’s not the way we want things to end, but we were dealing with an extremely vicious dog,” Bosques said. “The officer couldn’t control it … he had to act quickly.

Both women were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Comments (9)
  1. How much longer do we tax payers have to pay to have our law enforcement save pit bull owners from their “pets”?

    1. I agree. What’s more, how many children and adult family members do we need to bury because of pit bull owners’ “pets”?

  2. Dawn Dalyce says:

    Pit bulls are NOT FIT FOR PETS…their owners can’t control them !!! 50% of pit bull killings are their own owners !! Or family members. THE STUPID and the INNOCENT PUBLIC, and the TAX PAYERS need to be protected from keeping these foul beasts as pets the same reason tigers, lions and crocodiles are outlawed !!!!

  3. Dawn Dalyce says:

    read the statistics !!! Anyone with an IQ over 100 who doesn’t have impulse and decision mental illness would never have that liability around !!!

  4. This is a tragic case and the officers did the right thing to kill a violent dog. But we shouldn’t fall off the horse on the other side. I would like to remind people, the modern day mutt or American dog is basically a pit bull of some kind, a mix of traditional pit bull breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier) mixed with another breed such as lab, or border collie, boxer, shepherd, etc. Any talk of banning pit bulls approaches banning the modern American dog. Some of the healthiest gene pools for dogs are ones which are mixes. And majority of pit bull mixes are some of the most well behaved and healthiest dogs to own.

    There’s a good article liked below for those interested in reading about the modern American Dog and it’s relation to the pit bull.

  5. Pit bull owner here. Nevertheless, let’s be truthful. Pit bulls were selectively bred for hundreds of years to attack and kill other animals. Though about 5% of dogs kept as pets they are responsible for over 90% of serious attacks on people and other animals, killing over 40 animals a day and a person every 17 days in the US, seriously injuring many more. Their manner of attack features an unpredictable and explosive attack and a bite, shake and great refusal to release that allows them to do alot of damage in a short amount of time. About 1 in 40 pit bulls is involved in a serious attack compared to about 1 in 50,000 dogs of all other breeds combined. Thanks to the efforts of misguided pit bull advocates, more pit bull are being bred, neglected, abused, fought, abandoned and euthanized today than ever before. Breed specific legislation can turn off this faucet of tragedy.