Pit bull faces death sentence<BR>

In a rare action, a Kingman Municipal Court judge Thursday ordered a pit bull be destroyed after the animal killed another dog.

Judge Kathy McCoy ordered continued impoundment of the dog by Kingman Animal Control for 15 days and gave the dog's owner 10 days to file an appeal.

If the owner appeals, the case will be heard in Mohave County Superior Court immediately.

If not, the dog will be destroyed after the 15 days.

On March 16, the pit bull went into a fenced yard in a downtown Kingman neighborhood and killed the owner's 3-year-old golden retriever.

The golden retriever had been tied up.

Kingman City Attorney James Mapp said the pit bull was responsible for killing a cat and "going after children" when the owner lived in the county.

"This is a dog that is a danger to other people and other animals," Mapp said.

The dog also reportedly bit a woman in Hubbs Park in 2001 when it tried to attack the woman's dog.

"It's not an easy thing for me to do," McCoy said.

"I have pets myself.

But I have to look in the best interest and safety of the community.

I am finding that he (the pit bull) is vicious."

The dog's owner, faced with misdemeanor charges of having an at-large dog and an unlicensed dog, testified her dog would not attack children and that it was not in her dog's nature to jump someone else's fence to attack a dog.

Animal Control Officer Charlotte Candelaria said this would be the third time during her 25 years with the department when a dog was ruled vicious and ordered destroyed by a municipal court judge.

A Golden Valley girl was mauled about four years ago by several pit bulls while walking to a bus stop.

The dogs reportedly escaped a fenced area when a gate was left opened.

The dogs were euthanized and the owners cited.

Within the city limits, as in the county, a dog must be tied up if there isn't a fenced yard.