Thursday, April 14, 2011

Over, Under, Through

Revised: Dec 18, 2013; 22:20 GMT

Joshua Tate, 25, of Phelan holds one of two dogs that survived a pit bull attack where the pit bulls dug under a fence, entered the garage and forced opened the door to the kennel and killed Tate's dog last Friday in Phelan.
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OAK HILLS • Seth Tate, 19, arrived home recently to a sight that appalled him: his brother’s black Scottish Terrier dead on the garage floor.

The dog’s throat was ripped open, and two other pit bull-type dogs Tate recognized as belonging to his neighbors were hovering over the dead pet, according to Seth Tate's father, Dan Tate.

What was especially concerning to the Tate family was that the two pit bull-type dogs had apparently dug their way through a hole below their fence, made their way into the open garage and broke open the kennel that the terrier, Jax, had been locked inside.

Pam Hoffman, spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victor Valley station, said deputies responded to the incident around 5:10 p.m. Friday. They found the pit bulls next door covered in blood, she said.

But she noted sheriff’s officials will not get involved in animal attacks unless they find there to be a criminal element.

“Two pit bulls had dug under the fence and broke into a kennel and killed a dog at the location, but then we turned everything over to (San Bernardino County) Animal Control,” Hoffman said. “Viscious dogs are not criminal, unless we could prove that the owners knew that the animals were vicious and didn’t do anything about it — then we might be able to get criminal (charges) — but it’s pretty difficult.”

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This article was originally published in the VV Daily Press.

Statistics quoted on SRUV are from the 30+ year, continuously updated Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, published by Animal People. To view or download the current PDF click here. This page may also include information from Dogsbite and Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.

Information on euthanasia rates is from Pit bulls and Political Recklessness, by Merritt Clifton. Shelter  intake and euthanasia rates are published annually in the July/August edition of Animal People.

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