YUCAIPA -- Two pit bulls were shot and killed Wednesday morning after charging at authorities responding to reports of a dog attack.
The shooting occurred in the backyard of a home in the 12200 block of 11th Street after authorities began to investigate a report of three large pit bulls attacking a homeowner's goats at the residence.
Sheriff's deputies went to the rear of the home and found the three dogs attacking the animals inside a secured pen, authorities said.
San Bernardino County animal-control officers responding to the call tried to capture and subdue the dogs to no avail.
As they attempted to enter the pen, they were immediately confronted by the dogs, authorities said.
As one animal-control officer tried to capture one of the dogs, one of the pit bulls charged at officers and was shot.
A second dog that charged at authorities also was shot.
The third pit bull was contained and removed by animal-control officers, authorities said.
A horse on the property was severely wounded by the three dogs before deputies and animal-control officers arrived, they said.
The dogs had no collars or tags on to identify their owners, but deputies said they learned the animals may have belonged to someone in the neighborhood.
When deputies and an animal-control officers went to a neighboring residence to contact the possible owners, no one was home, authorities said.
The three dogs had no prior incidents of aggressive behavior, authorities were told.
Anyone with additional incident information may contact sheriff's Sgt. Michael O'Brien at 909-790-3105. ___
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