Monday, March 3, 2008
UPDATE 03/02/08: A Louisville Metro Police officer was taken to the hospital after she was bitten by a pit bull yesterday while investigating a possible auto theft. The dog was shot by the officer, but survived. The officer was checked at the hospital and released with minor injuries.
Officer Phil Russell, said the officer was sent to 24th Street after someone reported that a car was being stripped for parts. The officer found a car partially in the road and went to a nearby property seeking the owner to see if the car could be moved. When she approached the door, the dog lunged at her, biting her leg. The officer shot the dog in self-defense, he said.
03/01/08: Dog Bites Cop, Cop Shoots Dog
Louisville, KY - In a story that is developing, a female police officer shot a pit bull, after the dog bit her. The dog's owners are now crying foul, and facing an $8,000 vet bill, if the dog survives. The owners of the dog, say they were only gone for about twenty minutes. When they returned, police had surrounded their shop, and were told that an officer had shot their dog.
The owners told news team WHAS11 they are upset because they did everything asked of them to keep the dog legal; he was chained, vaccinated, fixed, and registered. And, the dog was restrained when it was shot.
By law, if that officer felt her life was being threatened under the course of her duty, she had every right to defend herself. Police officers are highly attuned to dangers of pit bulls.
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