Deputy Shoots Pit Bull After It Attacks Police Dog In Norwalk

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NORWALK (AP) — A deputy shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked a sheriff’s department dog that was helping to search for an armed man in Norwalk.

A statement from the sheriff’s department says the pit bull’s “aggressive and violent nature” forced the deputy to shoot it to protect the police dog and area residents.

The deputies were conducting a search Saturday after receiving a call about an armed man at a nearby park.

The deputies asked a resident of a home to secure a pit bull so that they could search the property. But the pit bull ran into the street and attacked the sheriff’s dog.

A deputy shot the pit bull, which later died. The Los Angeles Times reports the deputies’ dog, Tosca, is expected to survive.

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