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Pit bull shot and killed after it attacks Brandon family's pet

BRANDON — A man shot and killed a dog Wednesday after the dog and another pit bull dug under a fence and attacked his dog, Hillsborough County Animal Services said.

Dorothy York, who owns the pit bulls, was cited for multiple infractions, the agency said.

The dog that was shot, Red, had a history of violence, said Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan. Red bit an elderly man in June 2009, but the man did not press charges.

York was given documents stating that she had an animal with dangerous tendencies, "so she knew the dog exhibited aggressive behaviors and she knew we knew," Ryan said.

She gave this account of the incident: On Saturday, the homeowners reported a stray dog had entered their yard on Bills Circle and eventually left.

An Animal Services officer went to York's house Sunday and left information describing what could happen if her dog entered the neighbor's property again.

Red and a male pit bull, Smoke, dug under a fence Wednesday and attacked a shepherd collie mix, wounding him so severely that he had to be euthanized, Ryan said. The homeowner came outside with a gun during the dog fight and shot Red, who died at the scene. Smoke was taken by Animal Services.

Pit bull shot and killed after it attacks Brandon family's pet 01/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:32pm]

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