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SAN DIMAS (CBSLA.com)  — Authorities say a shotgun-wielding 24-year-old man shot and killed one of two pit bulls attacking a woman and her horse along a trail in San Dimas Saturday.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Vega of the San Dimas station said officials were notified about the attack in the area of Foothill Boulevard and Walnut Avenue at 8:58 a.m.

“[The dogs] knocked her off the horse and took the horse down,” Vega said.

“One of them latched onto the horse’s upper leg and locked on. She (the rider) suffered a few scrapes,” Vega said.

The man, a San Dimas resident, fired some shots from his .22-caliber rifle into the pit bull, breaking the dog’s lock on the horse’s leg. That dog was killed.

The extent of the horses’ injuries were not immediately known.

Animal Control took the other dog into custody.

The dogs may have come from a local residence or pit bull rescue, the sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The man was not cited or arrested.

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