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Deputies forced to shoot dog

Deputies forced to shoot dog

Rebecca Bruffy

POSTED March 26, 2010 11:03 p.m.
Two Merced County Sheriff’s deputies who went to a Winton home to investigate a report of a vicious animal, were forced to shoot a pit bull when it came charging directly at them.
The sheriff’s department sent the deputies and an animal control officer to the Winton home after receiving several reports that the owner, Rebecca Bruffy, had been sicking her dog on her neighbors, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie said.
The latest report came in on Wednesday by Emanuel Medical Center, who notified the sheriff’s department of a dog bite injury that was treated March 19. In the report, the victim stated that Bruffy had ordered the dog to attack.
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Deputies Ken Jew and Will Hibdon were on their way to meet with an animal control officer at Bruffy’s house in the 7000 block of Nicholas Place in Winton. While en route the deputies were told by dispatch that a female at that residence had just called 911, gave the address, and then hung up the phone.
According to the sheriff’s department, when the deputies and the animal control officer arrived, Bruffy was sitting in a chair in her front lawn and became agitated at the animal control officer. The deputies asked her several times to bring the dog out peacefully and it appeared as if she was going to comply, MacKenzie said.
She grabbed a leash, went inside the residence with the deputies, but once inside the house, Bruffy looked directly at Deputy Jew, opened the door, and out ran the barking snarling pit bull, MacKenzie said. With less than 10 feet to act, both deputies were forced to pull their service weapons and shoot the dog.
Bruffy immediately ran and barricaded herself in her bathroom and began yelling at the deputies that she had military training, MacKenzie said. After several minutes of negotiations, the deputies were able to get Bruffy to surrender, at which time she was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. Bruffy remains in custody on $30,000 bail. Animal control has taken possession of the remains of the animal to determine if the animal has any medical issues or diseases.

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