Police: Dogs kill cow by 'eating it alive'

PHOENIX, Ore. (AP) — Police in southern Oregon hope to find the owner of a dog that was involved in killing a steer two weeks ago.

Phoenix patrol officer Adam Lewis responded to a call from a bystander. He tells the Medford Mail Tribune that he heard the cow bellowing in pain and saw two pit pulls "eating it alive."

Lewis says he fatally shot one of the dogs but the other got away, running into the city limits. The steer died a short time later. The officer says he's concerned the dog will kill another animal.

An animal control enforcement supervisor says the dog owner could be cited for a violation of the dangerous dog ordinance and fined up to $600. The owner also could be required to compensate the rancher.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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