Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Klamath Falls, OR - Three men are in jail after breaking into a local elementary school in broad daylight: Anthony Prewitt, Tucker Cobb and Steven Wise. Each suspect was arrested and booked into the Klamath County Jail. They're being held for second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and second degree attempted theft.
During the arrest, Caesar, one of the sheriff's canine units, was attacked by one of the burglar's pit bulls. A sheriff's deputy shot at the pit bull to stop the attack then had to Tase the animal. The sheriff says Caesar was treated for bites on his neck and will be fine. According to the sheriff, the DA is considering additional charges against the burglar who owns the dog.
In other news:Off-Duty Trooper Shoots and Kills Pit Bull
Schenectady, NY - An off-duty State Trooper fatally shot a pit bull Monday night. The trooper was exiting his car when the dog charged him. He yelled loudly at the dog to stop before he fired one fatal round. The Schenectady Police Department says that the trooper acted appropriately and that no charges will be filed.
But the owners of pit bull named, Al Qaeda, are not pleased. They are calling the shooting a murder. Owner Christopher Gil says that Al Qaeda got out of a "makeshift" fence in his backyard and ended up in the vicinity of the trooper. He claims that Al Qaeda was likely running toward the officer for the following reason:
The dog was probably running because dogs tend to run. If he feels threatened by my dog running at him and feels it's okay to shoot my dog in cold blood in the middle of the street, what is he going to do when he pulls someone over? Is it okay to do that to somebody?"Suspect Threatened to Sic Pit bull on Officer
Tucson (area), AZ - Police arrested a man on suspicion of aggravated assault after he threatened to sic his pit bull on an officer who was investigating an allegation that the dog had bitten a woman on the arm moments before. Jason Ray King, 27, was walking his dog Friday evening when the dog attacked the woman. When police arrived King was still walking the dog. The officer asked King to stop walking numerous times before he responded. When asked if his dog had attacked the woman, King said no.
The officer then instructed King to put the dog in the police car for quarantine but King refused. While King was talking to the officer the dog then lunged at a juvenile passer-by. After being asked again to put the dog into the police car, King assumed a fighting stance, told the officer to "bring it on" and said that if the officer came closer he would sic the dog on him. King was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. He was arrested and booked on one count of aggravated assault.
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| 2/27/2008 12:13 AM |
Great! We've got some elementary school robbers (with pit bulls), the owner of a pit bull named Al Qaeda that thinks a cop is a "murderer" and a drunk pit owner that sicced his dog on a cop...
Dangerous people tend to own dangerous dogs. But it is typically dangerous and stupid people that own pit bulls.
| 2/27/2008 7:01 AM |
Sounds like these perps missed their breed specific "Pit Bull Parenting classes".
Seriously...These dogs and their likely to be criminal owners are a massive Law Enforcement issue. I fail to see how siccing a Pit Bull on a police officer is any different than coming after them with a gun or a knife. The sentencing guidelines should reflect this.
| 2/27/2008 10:23 AM |
Taylor says his officers are prepared for finding pit bulls or other aggressive dogs when they bust drug dealers but the gators were a shock.
"A lot of these guys think it's cool to keep a tough pet," he said. "Not a lot of drug dealers of the thug variety are going to keep a poodle."
| 2/27/2008 11:29 AM |
These dogs are legal weapons, pure and simple. Why haven't any of these cities and town's who are contemplating BSL bring law enforcement officers into the discussions? How many police officers do you think would support a pit bull ban? I am betting most would, especially in urban areas.
| 2/27/2008 12:07 PM |
That's one of the arguments the pro maulers throw out there...That Vets are the experts...BS I say..Law Enforcement deals with the bear baiting breed on the streets every day.
The US animal care industry is a $40 Billion annual business...I don't trust anyone involved in it.
They even make money euthanizing millions of pets each year....