Dog Euthanized After Biting Animal Control Officers in Riverside - NBC Southern California

Dog Euthanized After Biting Animal Control Officers in Riverside

The dog, a 5-year-old named Chato, was relinquished by its owner and euthanized.

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    Dog Euthanized After Biting Animal Control Officers in Riverside
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Tomo McLoyd holds the paw of her dog Rocky, 14, as veterinarian Wendy McCulloch euthanizes the pet at their apartment on May 9, 2012 in New York City. McLoyd had made the difficult decision to call McCulloch to perform the procedure after the pet could no longer walk. End of life issues have become increasingly important for pet owners, as advanced medical treatments and improved nutrition are extending pets lives well into old age. McCulloch runs Pet Requiem, a home veterinary service designed to provide geriatric care and in-home euthanasia for dying pets in the New York and New Jersey area. Many pet owners are choosing such in-home care to try and provide a humane and compassionate "good death" for their beloved pets. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    A pit bull that was reported to have been contained ended up charging and biting two animal control officers Thursday in Riverside and was euthanized.

    The officers arrived shortly after 10 a.m. in the 5700 block of Walter Street to investigate a report of a dog being involved in a previous bite, according to John Welsh, the public information officer for the Riverside Department of Animal Services.

    Officers Shirley Rivera and Ramon Rodriguez intended to place the dog in quarantine and before arriving were told by a resident the animal would be secured, but according to department Commander Chris Mayer, the animal "rushed out of nowhere" moments after they arrived and attacked.

    Rodriguez suffered bites to his thighs and right foot, despite the fact that he was wearing a boot.

    "It latched onto his right leg and that's when Officer Rivera used her pole to hit the dog so it would release itself from her colleague's leg," Welsh said. "As the dog let go, it attacked Officer Rivera, biting her in the stomach."

    The dog was eventually secured and put into the officers' truck, at which point Rivera drove to a hospital so she and Rodriguez could receive treatment, Welsh said.

    The dog, a 5-year-old named Chato, was relinquished by its owner and euthanized, Welsh said.

    "This is a very unfortunate incident -- and preventable," Mayer said. "Our officers are used to handling vicious dogs and aggressive dogs. But when someone tells us they are going to secure a dog, we take that in good faith."

    Rodriguez and Rivera were treated at the hospital and released, Welsh said.

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