Pit Bull attack: Woman injured, her pet killed
Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Another pit bull attack in Tucson---this time on the east side.
The attack injured a woman, and left her dog dead.
The woman was walking her dog at apartments near Golf Links and Pantano Thursday when the pit bull attacked her dog and she tried to protect her pet.
It's the latest in a string of high profile attacks by dangerous dogs.
Despite severe wounds, the woman stayed and gave Tucson Police details of what happened.
She was walking her beagle mix near the apartment pool, when a pit bull appeared and attacked the dog.
The pit bull wounded the woman while she tried to protect her pet. She was not able to save her beagle.
But as savage as the pit bull was towards the smaller dog, he was friendly when police detained him for Pima Animal Services.
Pima Animal Care investigator Elaine Klein says: "The stray pit bull came right up to him and then he was able to confine the dog until we got there and the dog was very people friendly."
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked: "Is that typical that sometimes a dog may be perfectly fine with people but not other dogs?
Klein:"We do see some animals that are strictly animal aggressive, that doesn't mean they are human aggressive and vice versa."
The dog has no ID tags, tattoos or implanted ID chips. Because they're still investigating Pima Animal Care authorities asked us not to show the dog.
Though the dog was out and uncontrolled, authorities are confident he had not been loose on the streets for long. He clearly seems to be an animal someone's been caring for recently.
This case is another recent example of a pit bull attacking other dogs and hurting people in the process.
October 5th, Police shot and killed two pit bulls who attacked Jim Skevington's golden retriever mix. The dogs left Skevington with an injured arm.
In August, Michael Cook died, about two weeks after his pit bull mix attacked him. Early on, Cook's son theorized the dog's recent neutering surgery, or medications from it may have set off the attack.
And while pit bulls have a bad reputation in some quarters, animal care workers worry less about any one breed and more about how people control their animals.
Elaine Klein of Pima Animal Care Center says, "It's not breed specific. It's not. But what you do need to be aware of is the importance of keeping your dog confined and controlled at all times regardless of breed."