Ventura County Animal Services last year declared Tango, a male PIT BULL, a public nuisance after receiving complaints that the dog had attacked a string of people and other canines in a Simi Valley neighborhood.
Animal Services imposed strict conditions on Tango's owner, Andrea Estes, for the dog's confinement and control at the urging of a neighbor, Ken Vergini, whose German Shepherd the pit bull attacked in 2014.
Yet this month Tango severely mauled another of Vergini's dogs in the central Simi Valley neighborhood near Cochran Street and Sequoia Ave. Tango bit Vergini in the incident too.
Two days later, Animal Services impounded Tango and deemed that he can no longer live in Ventura County, said Bryan Bray, the agency's field operations supervisor. Estes has 10 days from the date of impoundment to find Tango a new home outside the county. If she can't, the pit bull will become the property of Animal Services, which will see if the dog can be rehabilitated and placed in a home outside the county, Bray said.
If it can't be, Tango could be euthanized, although that remains the last option, Bray said. "We always have the best interests of the animal at heart," he said. "But in this case, the dog cannot reside in Ventura County anymore."
Estes did not return a call seeking comment.
Despite the pit bull's impoundment, Vergini is frustrated that IT TOOK SIX INCIDENTS DATING BACK TO 2014 to do so. Had the pit bull been seized earlier, his dog Pickles wouldn't have been seriously injured on July 16, requiring $1,200 worth of surgery so far, he said Friday.
"Virtually everyone on the street wrote a letter on my behalf to animal control following the 2014 attack and several letters also indicated that this pit bull was aggressive and dangerous," Vergini said. "In my opinion, if someone has a dog who has a clear history of attacking and biting animals and people, it should not take six incidents to have the dog removed."
Bray could not be reached late Friday for comment.