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Pit bull attacking small dog shot and killed by police

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A police officer shot and killed a pit bull in southeast Portland Tuesday after pepper spray didn't stop the dog from attacking a smaller dog.

Officers were called out to Southeast 136th and Holgate Boulevard at 3:13 p.m. They found a large pit bull with a tiny dog in its mouth.

Katie Yashchenko says she was walking her Pomeranian mix, named Simba, with her younger sister down the gravel road near her home.

When she got to a yard near the end of the street she says the pit bull, which was off leash, came up to her dog and began to attack.

"I tried to hold on to his leash but I couldn't," said Yashchenko. "The pit bull just took Simba across the street and into a field and began shaking him in his mouth." 

"I thought the dog was going to kill him, I thought he would rip his ear off."

Several people in the area, including the pit bull's owner tried hitting the dog to get it to release the smaller animal.

Officers used pepper spray, but it had no effect, according to Portland police.

Officers feared the smaller dog was about to be killed and said the pit bull was a danger to the bystanders trying to help, so an officer shot the dog one time, killing it instantly.

The smaller dog was rescued from the pit bull's mouth after it died and was taken to a veterinarian for treatment. That dog's condition is not yet known.

FOX 12 spoke with pit bull's owner about the attack.

Claudia Tiganescu says her dog, name Villain, attacked the Pomeranian mix because he was protecting her other smaller dog-that was also in the yard this afternoon, and was being picked on by Simba.   

Tiganescu says she's devastated Villain was shot, and has mixed feelings about the officer's actions. 

"I know he had to think on spot," said Tiganescu. " But, unfortunately I think it was against my dog that he was part pit bull, I think that was the reason mostly he got killed."

"I wish they could have used a taser, or something. Villain was a good dog."

Yashchenko says at first she and her sister thought Villain was only injured by a tranquilizer and was saddened to hear he was shot with a bullet. 

Simba appears to be just fine, says Yashchenko, and is grateful to police for that. 

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