Pregnant dog shot by police at wrong address despite “beware of dog” sign

December 7, 2014

A pregnant family dog is dead in California, killed by police who disregarded a “beware of dog” sign leading into a fenced-in yard. CBS Los Angeles reported the story December 5.

Rosaleen Banner of La Puente is mourning the loss of her beloved pit bull, Tata, after LA Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight call between a woman and a man in the 500 block of Richburn Avenue Friday afternoon.

Responding deputies went through a gate, ignoring the “beware of dog” sign. It was then investigators say Tata attacked one of the deputies. Captain Timothy Marakami with the LA County Sheriff’s Department stated

“In order to stop the attack, they deployed (pepper) spray which didn’t stop the dog and when the dog charged again that’s when the deputy actually fired to stop the attack.”

Rosaleen told CBX her dog was pregnant and was due to give birth the day she was killed. The pit bull owner said she ran to her front yard after hearing the first two shots. She heard a third shot as she got to her house, and found Tata in a pool of blood.

Brittney Hopper, a reporter for KCAL9, spoke to Rosaleen Banner about the death of her dog

“I know people have bad intentions toward pit bulls but it all depends on how you raise them. Not all of them are the same. And she was lovable. She was my heart, my baby, she was all I have.”

Not only did police ignore the “beware of dog” warning, they were at the wrong address to begin with. One deputy was bitten on her arm, but the injury wasn’t serious.

A social media page in memory of Tata can be found at Facebook: Justice4Tata. Images too graphic for Examiner can be found by clicking here.

Click here for the LA Sheriff’s Department Facebook page. Contact information is (323) 267-4800 or email





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