Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Paradise, CA - Residents in southern Paradise are concerned about recent dog attacks that left another dog dead and a llama mortally wounded. Several residents spoke out at Tuesday's Town Council meeting about the pit bull attacks.
Despite the town's actions, Vairo said the town could have done more for the situation, and said officials were "dragging their feet." Vairo notified town and school officials after the llama was attacked on Jan. 24 and the next day, a dog was killed.
Nick Pompermayer's llama Gizmo, was attacked. Two dogs entered Gizmo's pasture near Wilson Lane at night. They tore skin off the sleeping llama's face and ripped a gash in Gizmo's rear. The Pompermayers sought veterinary care for their llama, but euthanized him after he began bleeding internally. Jim Mullen found his dog dead in the driveway. He noted pit bulls, possibly from a Roe Road house, go out unattended and have threatened others.
The council acknowledged the public comments, but couldn't take action because the item wasn't on the agenda. Councilman Steve Culleton emphasized that the council took the matter seriously. He mentioned his 12-year-old grandson was killed in 2005 by one of two pit bulls the boy's family kept as pets in San Francisco.
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