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    3 Shots Kill Pit Bull as It Kills Kitten

Wednesday, June 20, 2001


Bruce Evans said he never thought it would take three shots to stop a stray pit bull's attack on a family kitten.

He shot the dog twice but it continued the attack Monday evening on the front porch of his West Hills home, Evans said. The third shot felled the dog.

"I shot the first two bullets and it was still finishing off the kitten," said Evans, who is nursing a swollen and cut right hand. "It didn't wince, whimper or anything. It was only after the third shot that it lost some juice."

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Evans, 52, said he first beat the dog with his fists and a brick to get it to drop the cat, but the pit bull was unfazed.

Evans failed to save the 3-month-old kitten, one of four cats belonging to his 11-year-old daughter Shayla, who witnessed the attack.

Shayla was given counseling because of the emotional trauma she suffered, her father said.

Police said they arrived at the home in the 24000 block of Eagle Mountain Street at 6:25 p.m., after someone placed a 911 call from Evans' home.

The dog, which had no collar or microchip identification implant, had approached a neighbor as she picked up her mail. It then crossed the street and attacked the kitten on Evans' doorstep.

Los Angeles Police Lt. Tom Smart said Evans was legally in possession of a .38-caliber handgun and had fired it in self-defense.

Evans complained that the city's Department of Animal Regulation had never responded to complaints about stray dogs in the neighborhood. Jackie David, public information director for the department, said she had no records of off-leash violations in the area, but officers will patrol the neighborhood in light of Monday's incident.

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