LOCAL : Police Kill Pit Bull in West Hills

From Times staff and wire service reports

A police sergeant shot and killed a pit bull Sunday that severely mauled a German shepherd in a West Hills area home, then charged at officers. A woman who was not identified called police about 6 p.m. when the pit bull apparently wandered into her Deer Lick Drive home through an open door, according to Los Angeles police. When Officer John Futrell and Sgt. Bob Rebhan arrived, the dog ran from the house and charged at Futrell. Before the dog could attack the officer, Rebhan shot it to death with a shotgun. Police believe the dog was wild and lived in the hills behind the Deer Lick Drive neighborhood. The German shepherd was in critical condition at an animal hospital.

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