Thursday, March 6, 2008
Bakersfield, CA - In another Kern County incident involving a cop shooting a pit bull, a controversy is stirring. Depending on who you talk to, the pit bull in question, Kapone, was a friendly dog or a source of constant fear in the neighborhood. The Sheriff's Department says the Deputies life was in danger and he acted with reasonable force.
The dog's owners say the Sheriff's deputy did not follow the beware of dog sign or announce himself. The Deputy says he was serving an eviction notice on Tom and Stephanie when he opened the gate and was attacked. the Sheriff's Department says Deputy Black followed protocol when dealing with dogs.
Tom says Kapone and his sister Angel are friendly pit bulls who often play with neighborhood kids. Another neighbor disagrees claiming he says about a year ago Kapone killed his other chihuahua. Frank Hernandez, the neighbor says, "best friend you know..pause..slight tears." Tom denies that his friendly pit bulls killed Frank's dog.
The deputy was taken to KMC with serious injuries to his left arm. The Sheriff's Dept. says at this time they don't believe anything criminal happened. The matter will likely be turned over to animal control. The spokesperson also confirmed that animal control responded to this same address once before about a report of two pit bulls killing another dog.
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