Friday, March 7, 2008
San Juan, TX - On Thursday, a patrol officer noticed a vehicle swerve and nearly hit a pedestrian shortly after midnight. The car sped off when police tried to pull it over. The driver, David Martinez, 21, then drove to his residence on the 1500 block of Chula Vista Drive.
When officers attempted to enter the house, Martinez released several dogs on them. Police backed off and returned after dawn break with a warrant for his arrest on seven felony charges. A surveillance team, which had been watching the house, spotted Martinez drive away from his home shortly before noon.
About a block from his house, he rammed an officer’s vehicle, jumped out of his car and ran back home. As police chased him, a pit bull attacked one of the officers. An officer shot the pit bull, which was taken to the Humane Society. Police said the dog later died.
After Martinez ran into his home, he shielded himself with his toddler-aged nephew and a short stand off ensued. Police said they found a small amount of cocaine on him when they arrested the 21-year-old man. He also has outstanding warrants with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office for possession of marijuana and failure to appear in court.
This is the second time in days a law enforcement officer has been accused of shooting a dog that tried to attack him in the line of duty. Earlier this week, a U.S. Border Patrol agent working near Expressway 281 in Edinburg reportedly shot at another aggressive animal.
In other news:Border Patrol Agent Kills Pit Bull
Edinburg, TX - A Texas Border Patrol agent is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull. The agent shot the dog once out of self-defense, killing it. The dogs owners, Brenda Alexander and Aubrey Delk, say the agent never made himself known and startled the dog. They say the dog was protecting their home, which is a tent behind a truck stop in Edinburg.
A Border Patrol spokesperson says the agent had no choice but to shoot the dog, after it became aggressive. A federal investigation into the incident is underway, which is standard procedure when an agent fires his weapon.
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| 3/08/2008 8:41 AM |
In each case it was the owner's fault, not the dog's, so the newsworthy part of these stories should be that indigents and the incorrigible should not be allowed to own dogs.
To intentionally send dogs at law enforcement is equal to shooting at them.
A tent is not an acceptable means of containing any dog: Not a lab, not a JRT, no dog.