Pit bulls bite two children, officer in Richmond

Daily Planet Wire Service
Wednesday September 25, 2002

RICHMOND – Police say an argument between teenagers on Monday night resulted in two children and an animal control officer being bitten by a pair of pit bulls. 

At 5:30 p.m., police say they received calls that a number of girls were arguing in front of a house in the 300 block of South 23rd Avenue. 

Witnesses told police that one of the sisters went inside a house and retrieved a 4-year-old male pit bull during the disagreement. When she returned, the dog bit her and then lunged at a 12-year-old boy who was not involved in the argument. 

When an animal control officer was called to take the dog into custody, a female pit bull terrier and her litter were discovered. Police say the animal control officer suffered a minor bite wound from the female dog while confiscating the two adult dogs and 11 puppies. 

The boy's injuries were not life threatening but he was taken to Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo. The girl may have been transported to Kaiser Hospital. 

Police are investigating the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon.