Pit Bull Attack In Manteca

Twice in two days and three times in the last month, pit bulls in Manteca have gone on the attack.

The most recent came Monday morning when a man working in his yard was bit by a neighboring dog through a hole in the fence.

A more serious attack happened Sunday, when a 2- year-old girl was bit and dragged around the family yard before her grandfather noticed.

“When I saw it was my granddaughter, I went after him. He wouldn’t let go. I almost choked him to death. The only way to get him to let go,” said Mervyn Dameral.

Dameral’s granddaughter was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The dog was taken to Manteca’s animal shelter and will be destroyed after 10 days. Two-year-old Natalie, the victim, has 15 stitches in her leg and will recover.

These two incidents come about a month after two greyhound dogs were attackedby pit bulls in a north Manteca neighborhood. The greyhounds’ owner was walking the dogs when a pit bull suddenly raced across the street and attacked the greyhounds. Injuries to one of them were so severe the dog was euthanized.

At least some say they wish pit bull owners were in better control of their pets. “They need to take care of them. Leashed, contained, whatever it takes. If they’re going to have a pit, they have to be totally responsible,” said Phil Berberick.


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