February 25, 2005
Police wounded two pit bulls and captured two others in a south Scottsdale neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
Scottsdale police received calls about the aggressive dogs about 4 p.m. in the area of East Vernon Avenue and North 70th Street, Sgt. Mark Clark said.
An officer found three pit bulls who appeared to be trying to get into a house on Vernon Avenue, Clark said. The officer attempted to break up the group of dogs using pepper spray, sirens and a baton, he said.
"The dogs became aggressive at the officers and he had no choice," Clark said. "It was a pretty dynamic situation and the officer had to take pretty quick action."
Two of the dogs stopped their aggression after they were shot, and a third ran down the street but was corralled by officers. A fourth dog also was also caught while officers were at the scene.
Police said they expect to cite Felipe Enriquez of the 7000 block of East Vernon Avenue for allowing a dog to be at large. Additional citations for endangering the public may be added, Clark said. His brother, Efrian Enriquez, who lives on the same street, also may be cited. A third owner, whose name was unavailable, was cited for allowing a dog to be at large.
The brothers told police the dogs had jumped the fence.
Clark said he did not know how many times the pit bulls were shot. The dogs were turned over to their owners.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control had responded to the calls.
"Pit bulls are not inherently dangerous dogs," said agency spokeswoman Julie Banks. "It’s just all about people controlling their animals. Allowing their animals to run loose is not following the law."
An apartment complex nearby posted fliers about the incident.
"I’m just amazed by the number of people who have pit bulls," said Lisa Haskell, a Scottsdale activist who lives in the 2400 block of North 71st Street. "I don’t condemn the police for what they did, next time it’ll be a kid, or an elderly person or like the lady walking her dog."
In January, an officer shot and killed a pair of pit bulls that chased two people and attacked a third person near 82nd Street and Virginia Avenue.
The dogs’ owner was not at home