An American Pit Bull Terrier was turned over to local law-enforcement after it allegedly attacked another dog during a rabies vaccination clinic at the Patagonia Town Park on Saturday.
Patagonia Marshal Joe Patterson said the owner, Joshua New, had gone to the park to get his dog vaccinated.
Patterson said New had vaccinated the pit bull and placed it in his truck. However, as he was taking his second dog to be vaccinated, the pit bull spotted a white terrier mix at the clinic and jumped out of the truck and attacked it.
“It was an unprovoked attack,” Patterson said. The Marshal’s Office released a photo of the white terrier mix that was reportedly taken after the incident. The photo shows the dog with blood around its collar area and a thick stream of blood coming from near its right ear.
Patterson said that 10 days earlier the same pit bull jumped out of New’s truck and “tore a huge chunk” from a nearly identical white terrier-type dog being walked by a 12-year-old boy on Sonoita Avenue. The vet bill was said to be close to $400.
New said no one was around to help him during that incident, and he had to use a hammer to get the pit bull under control.
“We quarantined the dog (New’s pit bull) for 10 days for rabies purposes and at the end of that 10 days it just happened to be rabies vaccination day,” Patterson said.
Following the alleged incident at vaccination day, New voluntarily relinquished the dog. Patterson said if the pit bull had not been turned over he would have asked for a seizure warrant from the Patagonia Court.
“He (New) did recognize the fact that his dog has the propensity to attack and meets the definition of an aggressive animal,” said Patterson, adding that New was “understanding as to the nature of his concerns and the safety of all in the general public.”
Patterson said the pit bull would be euthanized with the assistance of Santa Cruz County Animal Control.
“It’s not something that I enjoy doing or having to do, but as someone who is charge of Animal Control in Patagonia as well as the Marshal’s Office, I have to think about the safety of the people,” Patterson said.
Sad to see her go
New said he had originally obtained the dog, named Bella Boop, as part of an alcohol recovery program.
“She’s really a sweetheart and not an attack dog by any means and actually grew up around a family of poodles. I don’t get what is going on,” he said.
“I’m sad to see her go. A lot of people are going to miss her.”