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THOUSAND OAKS : Stray Dog Shot Dead While Attacking Pet

A Thousand Oaks woman shot and killed a stray pit bull dog Monday after failing to halt the pit bull’s attack on her dog by using a garden hose and a shovel, authorities said.

The incident started at 2:50 p.m., when Dolores Dallmeyer, 50, left the front door of her residence in the 3200 block of Lanier Place and found a stray pit bull on the porch eating from her cat’s food dish.

According to Dallmeyer’s account to police, the stray dog charged into her house to attack her own dog, a pit bull and Labrador mix. She told police that the two dogs continued to grapple outside, and the pit bull seized Dallmeyer’s pet by the throat.

Dallmeyer said she sprayed the pit bull with water from a garden hose, but the dog would not release her pet’s throat. She then grabbed a shovel and tried to separate the dogs, but that failed too.

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The woman then called a neighbor and asked him to bring her a gun, which he did. Dallmeyer then fired a single shot with the .44 magnum and killed the pit bull, authorities said.

Dallmeyer’s dog underwent surgery by a veterinarian and is expected to survive, authorities said.

The incident is under investigation by animal control officers.


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