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September 30, 2011 > Vicious dog attack

Vicious dog attack

Submitted By Lt. Ben Horner, Union City PD

On Monday, September 26, 2011, UCPD officers responded to 10th and H St. to investigate the report of a "vicious dog attack." Officers located a 19-year-old victim who had received a dog bite while attempting to stop an unprovoked attack on her small terrier. The female victim was walking her dog on a leash when they were both attacked by a three-year-old female Pit Bull and a four-month-old Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix.

Two Union City Public Works employees were passing by in a vehicle when they witnessed the attack and intervened. Both employees attempted to force the pit bull to let go of the terrier but it would not. One employee grabbed a shovel out of his work truck and hit the pit bull several times until it let go of its grip on the small dog. Unfortunately, the terrier died during the attack. The employees were able to tie up one dog and follow the other until they located where the dog lived.

UCPD Animal Control Officers, assisted by Fremont PD Animal Control, took both dogs into custody and they are currently quarantined at the Tri-City Animal Shelter pending a "vicious dog hearing." The case is under investigation to determine whether both animals have current vaccinations.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information in regard to this incident to please call the Union City Police Department (510) 471-1365. Reference UCPD Case #110926009. The Union City Police Department also has a tip line for callers that want to leave anonymous tips for the police department (510) 675-5207 (

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