A Chihuahua died Sunday afternoon in the jaws of two pit bulls after they entered its south Richmond home and approached its owner's newborn child, police say.
"The pit bulls apparently entered the residence through an open front door and approached a 22-day-old infant, whom the mom had been feeding," said Dan Barrett, deputy director of the Contra Costa Animal Services department. "The family has a Chihuahua that confronted them. Of course, they focused their attention on the small dog."
The larger animals seized the Chihuahua in their jaws and carried it out of the house, on the 300 block of South 7th Street. Authorities later found it dead nearby.
Richmond police officers responding to several 911 calls about the attack beginning at 4:35 p.m., and tracked the pit bulls to a home on the 300 block of South 4th Street, Sgt. Bisa French said. No people were hurt.
The owner did not surrender the dogs for euthanization, meaning Animal Services will conduct an investigation and may hold a hearing in a future to decide what to do with them.
County ordinance allows owners of animals accused of violent behavior an administrative hearing before the agency imposes fines, monitoring requirement or euthanization.
The family of the Chihuahua could not be reached for comment.