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Pit Bulls Running Loose in Keizer Neighborhood Kill Small DogSalem-News.com
Police say the pit bull's owners cooperated with the investigation and said they understood why they were being cited for this offense.
(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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