NEWARK - One dog is dead and another severely injured after being attacked by a PIT BULL Friday morning, according to police.
A pit bull got loose and killed a mixed breed Chihuahua in the 1000 block of Guckert Ave. at about 9 a.m., said Newark Police Sgt. Clint Eskins. The pit bull then attacked another dog as it was being walked by its owner. That dog suffered severe injuries, Eskins said.
The pit bull is now back with its owner and not in the custody of police or animal control. Police said a report about the incident would not be completed until Saturday.
Pit bulls are not automatically deemed vicious in Newark after city council voted last month to have designations based on behavior rather than breed.
Eskins said he believes this is the pit bull's first offense of running at large or attacking another dog.
Under the new law, the dog from Friday's attack would be classified as a dangerous dog because it has killed another dog.
The owner can be charged for letting the dog run free. Because it is the first offense the owner would face a fine between $25 and $100.