SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.
One pit bull was killed and the other captured when the San Mateo officer rammed the dogs with his vehicle Wednesday, The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/15eVWCi).
Police had tried unsuccessfully to corral the pit bulls after they bit one woman and attacked a landscaper in a backyard, who fended them off with a leaf blower.
The dogs, between 55 and 70 pounds, then clawed at the driver's side of a patrol car, ran toward a nearby high school and charged at the woman with a stroller, who was unharmed, police said. It was at that point that the officer rammed the dogs. The surviving dog retreated to its home, about a quarter mile away, were animal control officers captured it with help from its owner.
Police were investigating how the dogs got loose.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com