Neighbors in Serra Mesa concerned over pit bull attacks
Neighbor claims woman cannot control leashed dog
Last Updated: 74 days ago
SAN DIEGO - There is growing fear in a Serra Mesa neighborhood over an aggressive pit bull.
A man who lives along Kobe Drive contacted 10News about the pit bull, but also about his concern that authorities are not doing anything about their complaints.
10News also went to the neighborhood where one of the victims showed the scabs on her hand. They are fresh reminders of the puncture and bite wounds from a pit bull attack in her neighborhood six weeks ago.
She did not want to talk about the incident, but her neighbors did.
"We heard screaming and yelling and yelping of dogs," said Derek Olson.
Olson contacted 10News regarding the growing concerns and with good reason: he has had to intervene two different times in the past six weeks where he pried off the pit bull during the attacks.
"This (latest) time the aggressor dog, again, had its face, its mouth over the other dog," he told 10News. "I grabbed it (the dog) again with both hands. It would not let go."
He said it is a gray pit bull that is making neighbors fearful and that the pit bull is leashed, but its female owner cannot control it.
"The dog needs to be put down, euthanized in a humane way," Olson added. "It's not safe for this community."
Part of his frustration, he says, is that their concerns and complaints are going nowhere.
"When there is a consistent record of a very difficult, aggressive dog and nothing is done by the authorities, you wonder, who do we go to next?" he said.
10News then went to the county to ask about what is being done.
"The department is aware that there are prior incidents regarding this dog and this owner and that's all going to be part of our investigation," said Dan DeSousa, who is with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.
The county tells 10News that in the state of California, if a dog bites and breaks the skin, by law, it has to be quarantined for 11 days.
DeSousa added that there is little the county can do about the aggressive dog if one of their officers does not witness the attack.
But the neighbors can file what is called a private person's arrest, which is something the neighbors in Serra Mesa did not know about until a 10News crew told them. They say they will now look into it.
10News was at the pit bull owner's home on Monday when officers with the Department of Animal Services went to the home. There was no answer at the door, but a dog's loud barks could be heard.
When a 10News crew went to the door, there was no answer and no barking dog.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood will stay on alert.
"We have a lot of kids that run up and down here and are on their scooters constantly," said neighbor Alair Olson. "It's just scary to think that you have to start playing out in your head what you would do if that dog gets out and starts attacking."
Her husband added, "It's going to happen again."
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