LA MIRADA (CBSLA.com) — Officials on Tuesday urged the public to remain vigilant in reporting stray animals after a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull that attacked an animal control officer.
The incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 17, when Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) responded to a dog attack on the 13500 block of Ramsey Avenue in the City of La Mirada.
DACC’s animal control officer Mireya Martinez responded to the call, and in the process of containing the dog, she was attacked.
An on-scene Sheriff’s deputy responded immediately by shooting the dog and saving Martinez’s life.
Officials noticed the “fawn-colored” male pit bull had just killed a Chihuahua and left its body in the street.
Animal control officials warned that any stray dogs roaming at large in neighborhoods can pose a threat.
Anyone wishing to report a stray or loose dog is asked to call DACC’s 24/7 Communications Center at (562) 940-6898 or by visiting the official DACC website.