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Authorities Search For Pit Bull That Killed Smaller Dog

Dog owner says pit bull attacked her pet while they were walking in a Blackhawk neighborhood.

Authorities are looking for the owner of a pit bull that a Danville family says fatally attacked their small papillon as it was walked through their Blackhawk neighborhood, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Linda Zercoe told the Times the incident happened about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of Holly Oak Drive in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood of Blackhawk as she walked her two papillons, Sienna and Indigo.

Zercoe said the white pit bull was on a chain when it charged at them, but the 70-pound dog was not tethered to anything. The pit bull grabbed 7-year-old Sienna in its mouth and shook its 7-pound body.

A man at the house came out and yanked the pit bull away. Zercoe rushed the gravely wounded dog to a veterinarian, but it had to be euthanized, according to the Times.

Zercoe called authorities, who went to the house and talked to the homeowner, but he was not the man who retrieved the pit bull.

Zercoe doesn't know the residents, but said neighbors told her the white pit bull, and a black one that has been seen there, may belong to a friend of the occupant, the Times reported.

Mary Ann Cadorna April 26, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Pitbulls and Blackhawk, doesn't sound like a good juxtaposition! Residents that live in Blackhawk do so for the security and sophistication of the country club lifestyle. In an effort to maintain that lifestyle, there are many rules and regulations to adhere to. However, with this incident there is a serious issue. All you need to do is watch the "Dueling Pitbulls" episode of the Dog Whisperer. In that episode, he categorizes the Pitbull to be a "red zone case" a dog that will attack at the blink of an eye. Those with the nature to attack will continue to do so. The Blackhawk residents, their safety and their right to quiet enjoyment should not be threatened. Especially, by a Pitbull that has already attacked and killed a smaller dog. What about the safety of smaller children and what will the excuse be then? This should not be tolerated and if someone is Pitbull sitting then they need to share in that responsibility. I love dogs and even the beauty and strength of the Pitbull breed. However, when they attack then their strength turns ugly. For example, they lock their jaw and trying to pry a Pitbull off it’s attack victim typically draws blood. Unfortunately, the nature of a threat wasn't discovered until a resident was traumatized by witnessing her own dog being attacked and killed. My sincere sympathy to the resident who lost her 7-year-old Sienna. Nothing will replace her beloved dog. But because of her loss a policy for attack dogs will need to be set in it's place.
Leonard Vinci April 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Dear Mary Ann Cadorna, very well said, but I think you should have also included other communities. Blackhawk is not the only place on Earth. Pitbulls and all other communities are not a good mix. Since my wife passed away, I walk our maltese everyday. If a Pitbull is around and it makes any slight move towards Athena, it will need to visit the dog morgue.
Mary Ann Cadorna April 30, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Dear Leonard, Thank you for your kind comment and reply. I am very sorry to hear about your wife and Athena is lucky to have you as her owner. No exclusivity of neighborhood was intended Blackhawk just happened to be the location where the dog attack and mauling occurred. Similarly, there’s no exclusivity to aggressive behavior with only the Pitbull breed. For example, the woman in San Francisco, who was savagely killed outside her apartment door, was by a neighbor’s Bull Mastiff. Prior to her dying from the attack, she felt threatened by the dogs. In an interview, the owner was more concerned about the dog and showed no sympathy and made no apologies for her dog mauling and killing another human being. In 2002, the jury charged the owner of the Bull Mastiff with murder and the first decision of its kind in the state of California. As for me, I Love dogs and I had a large Akita named Saki of Akiko. She was six months old when I got her as a breeder return and fearful from abuse. But, through my daily love and care she was rehabbed. Saki was a sweetheart, but she didn’t like everybody. For this reason, I had to be cognizant of her behavior, exercise care and caution in her interaction with other people and/or other dogs. With the aforementioned 2002 court decision, owners of potentially aggressive dog breeds carry the onus probandi. As a result, they are held to a higher standard of responsibility and consequence thereof.
Leonard Vinci April 30, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Hello Mary Ann, Thank you for responding. Yes I know about the case in San Francisco, that was a horrible situation. I totally agree with everything you say. Take Care and enjoy the beautiful weekend. Leonard
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