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Pit Bull Attacks 13-Year-Old Glendora Girl; Monrovia Animal Control Responds

Monrovia Animal Control provided services for Glendora Police officers when the municipality needed to have the dogs taken immediately.

Monrovia Animal Control took custody of two aggressive Pit Bulls in Glendora Monday morning after a 13-year-old girl was attacked by one of the dogs at her father's residence, police said.

The girl received non life-threatening wounds to her torso and an arm and was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Monrovia Animal Control provided the aid to Glendora Police as part of a mutual aid service call, police said, when no other agency was available in time.

One Glendora officer shot the more aggressive dog in the head in self defense as it advanced on him, but the dog was still mobile and another officer was forced to hit it with his patrol car to stop it after it fled the neighborhood.

Police received two 911 calls from residents in the 900 block of East Myrtle Avenue in the city of Glendora around 12:30 a.m. According to scanner reports, the residents may not have been clear where the screaming was coming from.

Once officers arrived, they located the home and heard the girl screaming. The 13-year-old was home alone with her 10 and 1-year-old brothers, said lieutenant Joe Ward of Glendora Police.

"As he [the officer] gets up to the house, she's screaming something about being bit," Ward said. The officer, from the middle of the street, observed the two Pit Bulls in front of the house barking at girl through a bathroom window where she may have been tending to her wounds.

Both dogs advanced towards the officer, who backed away twice and yelled at the dogs to stop. The officer shot the most aggressive dog in the head, but it refused to go down and ran through . Two officers followed in hot pursuit through the school and nearly lost sight of the dog as it advanced towards Route 66, Ward said.

The dog made its way west and was heading towards , a popular restaurant in the city that is open 24-hours.

"Another officer, based upon the threat to other people, runs it over with their police car, hits it and eventually dies," Ward said.

The officer that fired on the dog and the officer that struck the dog stood by the animal as it lay on Route 66.

According to Ward, the children were at their father's home. The parents have shared custody and the father was not home at the time.

It was unclear as of publication time which one of the dogs attacked the girl. The incident is still being investigated.

Jennifer Sepulveda June 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Jr was an innocent bit bull never hurt a person in his life nor would he ever try...He may have been a pit bull but he never had a mean bone in his body they took an innocent family pet away for no reason...Jr. Loved kids he grew up with 4 kids living in his home and let them ride on his back.. Cops need to handle jobs like this differntly they did not need to take his life like that....Cops took an innocent family pet away just because he was a pitbull that was so wrong.. Cops said he was aggressive like the cop said then after he shot him in the head dont u think he would go attack him but no he ran for his like aggressive dogs would not do that they would stay and attack ....no matter what cops did murder...
Jennifer Sepulveda June 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Sorry innocent pitbull
Mary June 14, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Whether or not the dog bit the girl they should not have to the picture of the poor dog dead on the street. Please take it down.
Karin Capobianco June 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
All four pictures are awful. Not something anyone wants to see. Pitbulls are great family pets when raised correctly. I feel bad for the family, and even worse for the poor child who called for help because that call resulted in murder. :( My condolenses to the entire family. Take the pics down please. NOT something to be proud of. I bet animal control officers would not have killed the dog if they had been called instead.
Karin Capobianco June 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM
All four pictures are awful. Not something anyone wants to see. Pitbulls are great family pets when raised correctly. I feel badly for the family, and even worse for the poor child who called for help because that call resulted in murder. :( My condolenses to the entire family. Take the pics down, please. NOT something to be proud of. I bet animal control officers would not have killed the dog if they had been called instead.

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