Friday, November 23, 2007
At DogsBite.org, we run across scenarios like this several times a week. An officer stops a vehicle for a violation. In order to resist arrest, the suspect unleashes his pit bull and attempts to run. The situation usually ends with the dog being shot and the criminal being caught. Nonetheless, more and more criminals ride shotgun with their pit bulls in hopes of evading arrest.
It's a legally viable option for criminals. If you point a gun at an officer, you're in for serious criminal charges -- not to mention you may get yourself shot. You unleash a pit bull on an officer and there may be zero charges. A criminal can always say, "Hey, my dog was just trying to protect me." Once again, outdated dog laws benefit criminals not the police or public citizens.
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