Pit bull euthanized over streetcar dog death

Portland animal shelter workers deemed animal too dangerous

This pit bull - with a microchip traced to Colorado - killed a Pomeranian on a Portland Streetcar on Sept. 24, 2014. The dog is now in Multnomah County Animal Services. (KOIN 6 News)
This pit bull - with a microchip traced to Colorado - killed a Pomeranian on a Portland Streetcar on Sept. 24, 2014. The dog is now in Multnomah County Animal Services. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The pit bull that killed another dog on a Portland streetcar last month has been put to death.

Lady, pictured here, was killed by a pit bull named Baby Girl on a Portland Streetcar on Sept. 24. (KOIN 6)
Lady, pictured here, was killed by a pit bull named Baby Girl on a Portland Streetcar on Sept. 24. (Portland Police Bureau)

A Multnomah County spokeswoman tells The Oregonian newspaper the dog was euthanized by animal shelter staff because it was deemed a threat to the community.

The Sept. 24 attack happened when a homeless girl led the dog onto a streetcar in the Pearl District. According to witnesses, the pit bull quickly went after a black Pomeranian that was already on the streetcar.

The Pomeranian suffered serious injuries and later died.

The pit bull was taken into custody and kept at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

It appeared she might be returned to a previous owner in Colorado, but the previous owner relinquished her rights to the dog.

Statement from Multnomah County Amimal Shelter 

“After evaluating all of the facts of the case, we found that the pit bull involved in the Portland streetcar attack posed a danger to the community. Since the previous owner in Colorado relinquished her rights to ownership the decision was made to euthanize the animal. The pit bull was euthanized on October 14th.”

 

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