Pit bulls shot after attacking Victoria residents

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Two pit bulls were shot dead Monday evening after attacking two residents and police officers in a Victoria neighborhood.

A brown pit bull bit a woman's leg as she walked her Collie in the 2300 block of Bon Aire Avenue about 5:40 p.m. Monday.

A bystander tried to stop the pit bull from attacking the woman, but he was also attacked by a black and white pit bull, said Victoria police Sgt. Eline Moya.

While the police were on their way, Constable John Miller arrived and shot the brown dog, Moya said.

Then both dogs took off running.

Sidney Key, 92, heard his Dachshund, Bella, barking in the garage of his home in the 2400 block of Bon Aire Avenue.

Key saw the two pit bulls, each standing about 21/2 feet tall, barking at Bella through the chicken wire barrier across the front of his garage.

The pit bulls would not leave despite Key's attempts to scare them away.

"I looked up and I could see police standing in the yard," Key said. "They told me. 'Don't worry, we'll take care of it.'"

The brown dog was bleeding from his abdomen, struggling to breathe - as the black and white pit bull started chewing at its wounds. An officer shot the brown dog to end its suffering, Moya said.

The remaining dog was cornered between two houses and a fence, while officers waited for animal control to arrive. However, the dog started to attack the officers, so they shot it as well, Moya said.

Animal control arrived and took both dead animals. They were to be tested for rabies and other diseases.

It is unknown whether anyone owned the pit bulls or whether they were strays.

Neither the woman or the bystander who were injured chose to be transported to the hospital, but said they would seek medical treatment on their own.

"If you ever do see an animal stray in the area, you should always contact animal control and give them a description of any loose animals," Moya said. "Do not try to go around or near them and obviously do not try to provoke them either."

Over time, animal control will develop a history with the dog owners who leave their dogs out and can issue a citation or pick up the animals if they continue to let them run loose, Moya said.