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Pit Bulls Running Loose in Keizer Neighborhood Kill Small Dog

Police say the pit bull's owners cooperated with the investigation and said they understood why they were being cited for this offense.

Pit Bull attack

(KEIZER, Ore.) - Keizer Police say a small dog was killed by two pit bulls running at large today on Chehalis Drive North. Keizer Police Captain Jeff Kuhns says officers responded to the location after receiving a call from Maria Parocua, who reported her dog, a male two-month old Pomeranian, was just killed by another dog that was described as a pit-bull.

"Officers were told there were actually two pit-bulls that were still running at large in the neighborhood. Officers arrived on scene and were able to back the two pit-bulls into a fenced area where it appeared they belonged," Kuhns said.

This residence Kuhns said, is located at 5387 Chehalis Drive North.

"After securing the dogs the officers interviewed the victim who said she had let her dog outside moments earlier." Kuhns says that at some point a short time later, the victim said she saw the two pit-bulls running towards her dog when it was in her front yard.

"One of them was able to catch 'Pepe' and was seen biting and shaking it in the front yard area of her residence. The victim threw rocks at both pit-bulls in an effort to scare them away from her dog."

One of the pit-bulls ran away almost immediately according to Kuhns, but the other continued biting and shaking the woman's dog. She said the pit-bull that attacked her dog eventually ran away and left her dog laying in her front yard.

When Parocua was able to get to "Pepe", the dog was already deceased. Marion County Dog Control was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

A short time later officers identified Luke Elward who told them he was caring for one of the pit-bulls for his son, Scott Elward, and the other pit-bull belonged to him. Scott Elward arrived on scene a short time later, Kuhns said. Both Luke and Scott Elward were issued a citation for "dog as a public nuisance"

Kuhns says both men cooperated with the investigation and said they understood why they were being cited for this offense.

"They spoke with the victim and apologized for the actions of their dogs. Neither pit bull was taken into custody by the Marion County Dog Control," Kuhns said.

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Laci November 27, 2010 5:00 pm (Pacific time)

There are other dogs of course that may not have the greatest temperaments especially when it comes to small children who may be to rough with them....but the bottom line is that the Center For Disease Control (CDC) list pit bull as the most dangerous breed because they rank number one in attacks that have caused human fatalities, never mind other animals. Although, they may be sweet-natured overall, they were originally bred with only one purpose in mind and that is for fighting and although there are responsible breeders out there who are trying to breed out the bad and enhance the positive attributes of the breed, they are countered with bad breeders who want to keep the bad attributes intact. And this instinct is not easily bred out of all dogs especially overnight. I have a Sheltie who has never seen, and much less herded a sheep in his life and his particular line hasn't for many generations, but the herding instinct is there, when he see's people run, he circles around them while barking and trying to herd them in. It seems that some habits are hard to break. And as far as the killer chihuahuas go, (I used to own one) I'd rather see a chihuahua coming after me, than a pit bull any day of the week.

Mary February 27, 2009 9:32 am (Pacific time)

Famous Pit Bull Owners Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer Rachael Ray, Isaboo and Boo Helen Keller- Sir Thomas Jon Stewart- Shamsky and Monkey Alicia Silverstone- Samson Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel- Tina Theodore Roosevelt Woodrow Wilson General George Patton Brad Pitt Jessica Alba Michael J. Fox A dog attacked Rachael Ray's dog in Central Park, did this dog go to doggie jail? nope... was there a public outcry about the dog who attacked her dog? nope...

Sue February 27, 2009 9:21 am (Pacific time)

In a series of dog temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls had a passing rate of 95 percent. These tests put different dog breeds through various situations. Some tests involved the participation of strangers. Any sign of aggression and stress from the dog resulted in a failure of the test. Golden Retrievers scored an 83 percent and Beagles scored a 78 percent. The American Kennel Club believes Pit Bulls are the ideal family pet and recommended the breed as an especially good dog for children. The American Temperament Test Society continually ranks Pit Bulls better in temperament than many other breeds. The Airedale Terrier, Basenji, Beagle, Bichon Frise, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Collie, Dachshund(4 of 6 varieties), English Setter, Lhasa Opso, Pomeranian, Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu, Schnauzer, and Toy Poodle all score below average and many more far below that of the Pit Bull. Even though these other breeds temperament score is less than average many would not even think twice in their ownership as a family pet. Labs Running Loose in Killing Frenzy... Cocker Spaniels Running Loose in Killing Frenzy... Beagles Running Loose in Killing Frenzy

Vic January 21, 2009 6:13 pm (Pacific time)

I say if people want pit bulls, then they should be prepared to be sued when their sweet pets attack someone. And nothing should be exempt from the lawsuit...not their trailer, their 83 Camaro or their half-way-paid-for Rent to Own furniture.

Oh, right January 21, 2009 12:24 pm (Pacific time)

I am sure this article has already been posted on one of the many pit bull message boards or forums, so that all the dog fighters and lowlife pit bull breeders can spam the comments sections with testimonials on how "unfair" the coverage of pit bull attacks are. The truth is that these dogs are bred by criminals, drug dealers, gang members and losers to 1. guard drug ops or 2. kill other dogs. There is big money in breeding these animals, and big money lobbying against reasonable laws regulating them. Next time it may not be a Pomeranian the dogs may be a child. Hopefully the city can be sued by the next family to be victimized by these dogs.

Vic January 21, 2009 9:47 am (Pacific time)

I would certainly check out a story titled "Chihuahuas Running Loose In Killing Frenzy"...:)

Patrick January 21, 2009 8:28 am (Pacific time)

Because the headline "Chihuahua's Running Loose in Killing Frenzy" would not sell any advertising. That's what the news is all about. No offense Salem News :)

Editor: Did you guys notice that the pit bulls lived? They weren't even taken away and the owners were given credit in the story for being cool about the whole thing. I know there is advocacy for these dogs and I have also known some really sweet pit bulls over the years. But they are particularly dangerous to kids because they are a "created" breed and when they are running loose in neighborhoods attacking other dogs, that is news.

Anonymous January 20, 2009 8:20 pm (Pacific time)

I am so sick of "pit bull" attacks making headlines. I am not a pit bull owner but I do like them as dogs. I work for a vet clinic in Salem. Why didn't the chihuahua that got a attacked by a husky yesterday and died make headlines. Or the lab who got attacked by a great dane where the great dane tore the entire lateral muscle from the labs body. Or the chihuahua that attacked another chihuahua.

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