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Ralls County Sheriff's Department officers kill pit bull after women attacked

A pit bull is dead after being shot by police in a Ralls County, Missouri horse pasture, Quincy-Herald Whig reported April 10.

The incident occurred when a mother and daughter were allegedly threatened by three dogs in a western Ralls County pasture Tuesday morning.

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie said his officers were forced to kill one of the three dogs after the dogs "came in a threatening manner" toward his officers.

The women were pinned against a board fence, where they used a tine feed fork and a horse's lead rope to protect themselves during the attack.

The husband of one of the women heard the women screaming for help, and made the 911 call. The dogs, which were identified as pit bulls, are said to have threatened the officers when the officers attempted to rescue the women.

One was shot and killed by a shotgun and rifle. A female dog was captured, and another dog ran from the scene.

Charges are pending against the dogs owners, who live next door to the victims.

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