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West Palm Beach, Florida Pit Bulls Attack Two People, Two Cats

Two West Palm Beach, Florida pit bulls were apprehended yesterday after they attacked two area residents and two cats. The two people were hospitalized, one cat died, and one of the dogs was shot by animal control officials, reports indicate. The other dog is reportedly in the custody of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. No charges have yet been fired as police and animal control officials conduct an investigation. It is not clear whether the residents who were attacked or the owners of the cats plan to file for damages.

News reports indicate that the attacks occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. yesterday in the area around 4150 Collin Drive in West Palm Beach. A woman walking in the area was reportedly attacked by the pit bulls, and a neighbor came to her aid. The neighbor was then attacked as well. The names and ages of the victims were not released to the public.

Authorities were informed of the attacks, and when they arrived at the scene, the dogs reportedly ran off. An officer pursued them and allegedly observed as they attacked two cats, killing one. Another deputy reportedly approached the dogs on foot at 4419 Forest Road and reported that the dogs tried to attack him. “The dogs came after him in an aggressive manner. The deputy retreated to the rear of his vehicle and fired one shot, wounding one of the dogs,” a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Once the deputy opened fire, the dogs reportedly fled to a residence on Forest Road, where their owners are believed to reside. The dogs were subsequently taken into custody by animal control authorities. It is not entirely clear whether the dogs’ owners will be allowed to retain custody of the animals.

Pit bull attacks are a fairly common problem in South Florida, where, in some areas, legislature prevents their ownership. However, dogs are not the only cause of presumably unjust injury in the area. Several victims of what was reportedly a police shooting on Memorial Day of last year have come forward to sue the city of Miami Beach for negligence, claiming that their efforts to receive due compensation were repeatedly thwarted. It remains to be seen how many people will file similar suits for compensation.

According to reports, police officers attempting to kill a suspect they believed was armed at Urban Beach Week of last year. The annual event, which reportedly centers around hip-hop music, allegedly placed host to 115 police-fired shots last year, resulting in serious injury to several bystanders. “I heard a bunch of gunshots go off and everybody was running and screaming,” one injured party, 25-year-old Sarah Garcia, was quoted as saying. “I got down on the ground and covered my head and then realized I was shot in my leg and my arm. I think I was in a state of shock.”

Garcia suffered from two gunshot wounds that she says have prevented her from working for a year and left her in a wheelchair for three months. Several others have similar stories, and it does not appear as though any of them have received compensation from the city.

According to reports, police officers attempting to kill a suspect they believed was armed at Urban Beach Week of last year. The annual event, which reportedly centers around hip-hop music, allegedly placed host to 115 police-fired shots last year, resulting in serious injury to several bystanders. “I heard a bunch of gunshots go off and everybody was running and screaming,” one injured party, 25-year-old Sarah Garcia, was quoted as saying. “I got down on the ground and covered my head and then realized I was shot in my leg and my arm. I think I was in a state of shock.”

Garcia suffered from two gunshot wounds that she says have prevented her from working for a year and left her in a wheelchair for three months. Several others have similar stories, and it does not appear as though any of them have received compensation from the city.

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