YUCAIPA (CBSLA.com) — Sheriff’s Deputies in Yucaipa responding to a call about three pit bulls who were attacking a homeowner’s goats Wednesday, shot and killed two of the dogs after they reportedly charged at an officer.
The call came in just after 8:10 a.m. said officials.
Deputies said when they arrived at the property — in the 12200 block of 11th Street – the three dogs were “actively” attacking and killing goats.
San Bernardino County Animal Control Officers also responded to the residence and attempted to capture the dogs.
Authorities said that Animal Control Officers were attempting to take control of one of the dogs when it charged. They said a deputy was forced to kill the dog. A second dog then charged and tried to attack the Animal Control officer forcing the deputy to shoot that dog, as well.
The third dog was contained without incident.
Deputies said the dogs were responsible for killing three goats. They also determined that prior to attacking the goats, the same pit bulls had attacked and injured the homeowner’s horse.
Due to injuries sustained by some of the goats and the horse, a veterinarian was called to perform emergency care. There was no word on the conditions of the goats or horse.
Officials said none of the dogs had tags. Neighbors, however, told authorities the pit bulls belonged to a homeowner who lived on nearby Avenue D. Deputies and Animal Control Officers went to the location in an attempt to contact the owners but the residents were not home.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station at (909) 790-3104.