'Vicious' Pit Bull Tranquilized; Small Dog Bites Child

The trend of dangerous pit bulls is continuing in Gilroy.

After Gilroy Police reported two pit bull attacks last week, Animal Control was disptached to another report of a dangerous pit on Monday morning.

At 11:47 a.m., police were sent to a house on the 400 block of Gavilan Court in response to a trespassing call. When they arrived, they found the door of the house open and a "large pit bull charged them from behind the door," Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said.

The dog was not neutered, going against municipal code. An Animal Control officer was called to the scene, who tranquilized the dog. The pit bull was declared a Level 1 Dangerous Dog, and the owner will need to be served with that declaration, Espinoza said.

The house was empty other than the pit bull. Espinoza said it is believed that whoever was "squatting" in the home owns the dog.

But certainly all dog bites are not attributable to pit bulls. On Sunday, a resident on the 700 block of Tatum Avenue was unloading groceries from a car when a "little dog jumped out, unleashed, and bit a child," Espinoza said.

The bite was classified as minor and the case was closed. 

Earlier in the week, Gilroy Patch readers engaged in a spirited debate about pit bulls. The incident on Monday involved an un-neutered Pit Bull. Do you think this is the biggest problem? Is it the breed? Is it the owner (in this case a criminal)? And how about that biting little dog? Tell us in the comments!

Carla C February 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Agreed Trudy. My pit/lab mix is missing half her teeth since they were removed before I adopted her at the shelter. I think she may slobber me to death one day. My 4 year old tries to ride her like a horse and she never growls, snaps, etc. Though I admit that because of the media, even I was scared of pits before I actually owned one!
Rosies mom February 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Did anyone actually read this article? A pit bull did not bite anyone! It was a "small dog".... no breed, no judgement. This article is perfect proof of the media using pit bulls in a negative manner.
ExclusivelyCanine February 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM
How come the pit was given a level one when it was protecting the home it called home? It didn't bite anyone yet was deemed vicious. The little dog actually bit and since it was minor, the case was closed? Hello, the little dog made contact.. And big dog didnt!!
Tom Foolery February 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
The back of "car trader" magazine looks like a pit bull selling party. People breed these dogs, deliberately train them to be vicious, then sell them for a profit... Many, not all, want this sort of dog for protection when drug dealing, macho man, attention getting, etc reasons..
Joan February 15, 2013 at 05:27 AM
I think it must have been a miniature pit bull that bit the kid because it made the front page!! ;-) Hmmm - take a look at the City Municipal code http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/gilroy/ Chapter 4 = Animals and Fowl, Section 4.1 Definitions, Dangerous Dogs. Interesting decision made by the PD. Hey Jacob, Can you ask the PD why they made the decisions they did on these two dogs?


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