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December 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) –Sheriff’s Deputy Seel shot and killed a pit bull at 6956 after the dog bit his thigh. The deputy was contacted by a citizen who reported a vicious pit bull dog at 9 a.m. near San Miguel Elementary School. The citizen claimed the pit bull charged him and bit him in the leg, although the reporting party had no visible injuries and did not request medical attention.


Depty Seel checked the area and found the dog in the 6900 block of Gree Lake Court. He talked to the dog through an open window on his patrol car. “As he was talking to the dog, the dog appeared friendly,” Sergeant Kevin Menzies from the Lemon Grove substation reported. The Deputy then exited the vehicle and pulled out a maximum restraint cord cuff in an effort to restrain the dog, but it tried to bite him on the hand, Menzies said.

Deputy Seel immediately backed up, as the dog lunged forward and bit him once on his left thigh. The dog then released Deputy Seel’s leg, crouched down, began growling and appeared as if it was going to attack again, according to Menzies. “At this time, Deputy Seel fearing for his and the community’s safety, discharged his firearm once striking the dog in the chest,” said Menzies. “ue to the injuries and apparent suffering, the dog was dispatched at the scene.”


Animal control collected the dog’s body for a rabies test. Deputy Seel was transported

from the scene by paramedics to Grossmont Hospital where he was later treated and released for puncture wounds.

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