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Pit bull shot to death after its owner allegedly tries to have it attack his sister in Paso Robles

David Randall Stackhouse, 48, of Paso Robles, was arrested Sunday, April 17, 2011, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Original story »
David Randall Stackhouse, 48, of Paso Robles, was arrested Sunday, April 17, 2011, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Original story »

A Paso Robles police officer shot a pit bull to death Sunday night after its owner allegedly tried to get it to attack his sister.

Just before 6 p.m., a woman called 911 from the 1100 block of Nanette Street to say her brother was trying to force his way into her bedroom with his pit bull to attack her. The dog had already bitten her brother, she said.

When an officer arrived at the home, he could hear screaming from inside, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Police Department. He yelled into the home through the open front door, and identified himself as a police officer.

The pit bull then charged the officer, according to the news release. The dog's attack was sudden and aggressive, so the officer shot the dog in order to protect himself, according to the department. The dog was killed.

The dog had two previously documented incidents in which it had bitten people, according to police. Neighbors in the area also said the animal was extremely aggressive and had attacked other animals.

After investigating, officers arrested the dog's owner, David Stackhouse, 48, on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to have the pit bull attack his sister.

After receiving medical treatment for his injuries, Stackhouse was taken to County Jail.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services picked up the body of the dog.

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