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This vicious dog was taken from Visalia Animal Care Center. Have you seen it?

Officials are looking for Choco, a dark brown Mastiff/Staffordshire Terrier mix. The dog has been deemed dangerous and should not be approached.
Officials are looking for Choco, a dark brown Mastiff/Staffordshire Terrier mix. The dog has been deemed dangerous and should not be approached. Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency

Tulare County Animal Services is looking for a dangerous and vicious dog that was taken from the Visalia Animal Care Center earlier this week.

The dog, a dark brown male Mastiff/Staffordshire Terrier mix named Choco, was in quarantine at the center and slated to be euthanized, according to a news release.

Someone broke into the center between 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday and removed the animal from its kennel. No other animals were harmed or stolen and no other property was taken, the release said.

Currently, Choco’s location remains unknown.

This is a “dangerous dog” as defined by county ordinance and a public health concern, Animal Control Services said. If you see the dog, do not approach and call animal services at 559-636-4080.

Choco was ordered to be euthanized in September after an attack that caused the death of a German Shepherd. Ten additional aggressive incidents were also reported against the dog, including two alleged bites to people. His owners were also found negligent in failing to maintain proper restrictive measures that would prevent him from freely roaming the neighborhood.

Last month, an appeals hearing was held at the owner’s request.

An independent hearing officer upheld the euthanization order.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee
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