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Man meets dog believed to have attacked neighbor

December 22, 2010 6:54:41 PM PST
The man who bravely rescued a neighbor from a vicious pit bull attack visited San Jose Animal Services Wednesday afternoon. Juan Valencia came face to face with what he believes is one of the two dogs that attacked Susan Zhao Monday night in her own driveway.

"You know, you get nervous because in front of me was the animal that more than likely did this and I think it is the dog," Valencia said.

Animal Services officers describe the dog as a pit bull mix, weighing about 70 pounds, with cropped ears. It appears whoever owned the dog was not caring for it properly. On the dog's neck is a wound caused by the collar it was wearing.

"From what we can tell that's extremely long-term and infected at this point, so this dog has not been properly cared for properly," Sgt. Jay Terrado said.

The dog will remain in quarantine while the search continues for the second pit bull and the owner of the dogs.

The aggressive attack on Zhao has San Jose City Councilwoman Rose Herrera, who lives in that district, calling for a reexamination of the regulations surrounding dangerous dogs. Herrera says she might introduce an ordinance calling for the mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bulls and will likely call for a community meeting to discuss options. She says

"I'm not looking at necessarily banning any particular breed, but I think we need to look at what kinds of things we can do," she said.

Animal control officers says Valencia put himself in danger when he took on the two dogs using a brick and rock, but Valencia says he would do it again.

"I have no regrets at what I did, I would do it for anybody, I would do it again," Valencia said.

Valencia's concern for his neighbor has Herrera also saying she is going to recommend the City Council publicly acknowledge his actions.


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