The Latest | Southern California breaking news and trends

Long Beach police fatally shoot pit bull after it attacks three people and a dog

A 3-year-old female pit bull.
A 3-year-old female pit bull.
Robert McNicholas/Flickr Creative Commons

A Long Beach police officer shot and killed a pit bull on Saturday after it attacked three people and another dog, according to a police spokesman.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that a woman was walking her dog in North Long Beach at about 6 p.m., on the 200 block of East Barclay Street between the 710 freeway and Long Beach Boulevard, when two pit bulls attacked her. Two bystanders attempted to stop the attack to no avail. 

When police arrived, they tasered one of the dogs several times, which was ineffective. Police then shot and killed that dog. 

When Long Beach Animal Control arrived, they were able to catch the second dog, according to Sergeant David Marander.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her wounds, which were not life-threatening but did require surgery. The two bystanders who attempted to help her were also bitten; one was transported to a local hospital to treat multiple dog bites, and the other opted for private medical treatment of his injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department's Homicide Detail, which looks into all officer-involved shootings.