It was reported today that Corona police have shot and killed two pit bulls accused of terrorizing a neighborhood after escaping from their yard over the weekend.
The officers fired when the dogs charged, Sgt. Paul Mercado told the Riverside Press-Enterprise, adding that Monday’s incident marked the second time in 20 months that the dogs had harassed city residents.
The dogs were a 60-pound 6-year-old male named Blue and a 45-pound 5-year-old female named Zoey, Mercado said. They escaped their home in the 100 block of Cota Street by tunneling underneath a fence.
Owners Ralph and Gloria Rodriguez told police the dogs escaped Saturday,
the newspaper reported. They were cited Monday on suspicion of violating
leash laws and not having their dogs licensed in the city as required, Mercado
About 3:15 a.m. Sunday, a man reported being bitten on the leg by a dog
he later identified as one of those that had escaped. The attack happened near
the intersection of Merrill and Railroad streets, a couple of blocks from the
dogs’ home. And early Monday, a woman on Agnes Street, almost two miles away, was trapped in her car by the dogs.
Then about 5:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of two aggressive pit bulls outside a home in the 1300 block of Agnes. The call came from Hector Valadez, who had noticed the dogs circling the fence line along his driveway as he pulled in from work.
“As soon as I opened the door they rushed me,” Valadez told the Press-
After being trapped for almost 30 minutes, he called police. When the
first officer arrived, Valadez told him time was of the essence because “any
minute you’re going to have little kids out here on the way to school.”
Less than an hour later, the dogs were shot in a neighbor’s yard across
the street. The officers saw the dogs go into the backyard and attempt to enter
the house through a window and a sliding glass door, Mercado told the
newspaper. When the officers entered the yard to try to prevent the dogs from
getting inside, the dogs ran toward the officers, who shot them to protect
themselves and others, he said.