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Pit bull suspected in calf attack is captured

Date Posted: 2009-07-02

An American pit bull terrier belonging to a U.S. Marine that disappeared from his off base quarters in Okinawa City has been captured by police, who think the dog may be the culprit in the attack and killing of a calf.

Uruma City officials caught the dog in the Yohena area, and summoned the U.S. serviceman and his boss, to claim the dog and apologize. The Uruma City Office had been looking for stray dogs because a calf had been killed and the veterinarian said the bites, which severed flesh and bone, appeared to have been caused by a dog.

Okinawa City’s mayor, as well as leaders of other municipalities near American bases, have been asking the U.S. military to exercise tighter controls on pit bull terriers. Okinawa Prefecture officials say pit bull terriers should always have a muzzle and be on a leash when they go out, even with their masters. They note that the dog belonging to the U.S. Marine had neither a leash or a muzzle.

Uruma City, which captured the pit bull terrier belonging to the Marine, says it has captured another pit bull terrier in the same area. An investigation continues as to which, if either, of the pit bull terriers killed the calf.

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