On the heels of several high-profile pit bull attacks in the Bay Area, a Solano County community is taking matters into its own hands to protect itself.
The Siena Owners' Association of Fairfield has distributed fliers to residents of the community warning them of a dangerous pit bull living in the neighborhood. Police told NBC Bay Area they think the warning is a great idea, especially since there is a legal process to follow before simply taking a dog off the streets.
The lengthy process is exactly why community members are being proactive about the pit bull named Ben. According to the flier, Ben attacked two other dogs and a jogger, and was deemed "dangerous" by the city on May 4.
The flier has Ben's photo, urges residents to be on the lookout for him and states: "We believe that every resident in Sienna has the right to know that a "dangerous animal" is living among us."
Some residents say they are glad for the warming. One dog owner said his chihuahua, Shady, would never stand a chance against a pit bull.
There have been many pit bulls attacks in the Bay Area and beyond. Some of the more notable ones include two toddlers in April, one in Concord and the other in Castro Valley, who were severely injured by pit bulls. Also, Darla Napora, 32, of Pacifica, was mauled to death last August by the family pit bull, Gunner.
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