FAIRFIELD — Christian Armstrong calls his 2-year-old pit bull a “house dog,” but some neighbors along Arlington Circle say Zanny – designated as dangerous after a city hearing – doesn’t stay inside and is aggressive toward people and other animals.
Walter Allen, 45, who lives across the street, recalls being in his garage when the dog took off after him.
“This put bull comes at me like a runaway freight train,” Allen said.
An incident involving Allen, his girlfriend and the dog is noted in the report on the Feb. 27 hearing at the Fairfield Police Department.
The couple was working on a car in Allen’s driveway when the pit bull charged aggressively and the woman struck her head on a car door frame while trying to get away from the animal, the report said.
Allen said the pit bull has attacked him twice.
Armstrong was given five days to appeal the dangerous dog designation that followed the hearing. He has appealed and an April 4 review is set for Solano County Superior Court. The dangerous dog designation requires measures including the animal’s confinement, but Allen said Zanny was loose last weekend in the neighborhood.
If Armstrong doesn’t comply with confining the dog and other measures, Zanny will be euthanized, according to the city report on the animal’s dangerous dog designation.
Angelika D’Eramo, 15, who lives next door to Armstrong, said the pit bull in the past has hopped the fence and entered her family’s backyard to chase their cats.
D’Eramo said she loves the pit bull breed, but that Zanny lacks training.
“We don’t want to see the dog get put down,” she said.
Several years ago in Suisun City, a pit bull attacked her and almost ripped her thumb off, said D’Eramo, who doesn’t believe the breed is a problem.
“They’re good dogs if you train them right,” she said.
But Allen, who has a Chihuahua, said you don’t see that breed, Labradors or others on the evening news in a story about a dog killing someone.
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