Sacto 9-1-1
December 18, 2012
Pit bulls killed during wild Yolo County probation search

Two pit bulls where killed during a probation search in Woodland when the dogs charged deputies, according to a sheriff's department press release.

A chaotic scene played out in the home on Antelope Street about 9:30 a.m. Monday after deputies arrived to conduct a search of the premises. Inside the home, were Vincent Van Asperson, 43, and Carole Vitalie, 46, according to deputies.

Three pit bulls were also in a bedroom that needed to be searched. A Yolo County Animal Control Officer was removing one dog when a second pit bull came running out of the bedroom.

A sheriff's deputy used his Taser on the dog, but a third pit bull came out of the bedroom. That third dog tore the Taser electrical wires from the barbs in the second dog.

When both pit bulls charged different deputies in separate locations of the home, the dogs were shot.

The pitbulls were pronounced dead on arrival at a UC Davis animal hospital. The third pit bull from the home and five dogs from the back yard were taken to the Yolo County Animal Shelter.

Asperson and Vitalie were arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject of the probation search was not found at the residence.

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