Thursday, April 24, 2008
(04/18/08): Fort Lauderdale, FL - A Florida Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a pit bull that attacked him outside a home earlier today, authorities said. The dog bit the officer on the hand around 5:20 p.m., said FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky. The dog died soon after it was shot.
The trooper and another officer were conducting a hit and run investigation on the 1600 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue, Wysocky said. He knocked several times on two doors but no one answered. Two dogs charged at him when he opened a gate to the home's yard, Wysocky said.
At last count, the story had nearly 700 comments. The owner of the pit bull believes the officer acted inappropriately by shooting his dog after his dog bit him. They also throw in the usual 4th amendment nonsense. -- Give me a break!
Pit Bull Teaching Puppies How to Attack Shot by Officer
(04/19/08): Sanford, FL - A group of pit bulls have been running loose in Sanford and attacking other dogs. They're tactic: jumping fences to get into yards to attack other dogs. One of the pit bulls was shot to death by police and a puppy was shocked with a police Taser gun.
04/19/08: Loose Pit Bulls Jumping Fences, Attacking Dogs
Lumberton Man Shot in Leg Trying to Sell a Pit Bull
(04/19/08): Lumberton, NC - A man who stopped at a Parkton home and said he wanted to buy a dog shot the owner in the leg. Demond Esters, 24, of the 1700 block of Parkton-Tobemory Road, was wounded outside his home about 12:30 a.m the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Esters said the man had come to his home to buy a pit bull puppy. But during the conversation, the man pulled a gun, held it to Esters’ head and said there were people who wanted to hurt Esters. The man then shot Esters in the leg, Branch said.
Pair of Drug Dealers Arrested, Pit Bull Shot
(04/20/08): Kingston, PA - Two men were arrested on drug charges Friday after Kingston police raided a Rutter Avenue home. The raid occurred around 2:45 p.m. Police arrived to find the men in the back of the house, surrounded by two pit bulls. One of the dogs was shot when it charged at an officer, but it was not fatally wounded.
Donald Hakim Pennix, 31, also known as “Hawk,” was arrested along with 26-year-old Sharif Clarke, also known as “Class.” Authorities served a search warrant at the apartment after making several purchases from the men. Pennix and Clarke are accused of dealing heroin and cocaine. Officers seized more than $750 in cash, a rifle, and 150 packets of heroin.
La Puenta Officers Shoot Pit Bull
(04/21/08): La Puenta, CA - Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a charging pit bull early this morning. The incident came when deputies were responding to a disturbance call for an altercation involving "an insane person." The deputies sought to speak to a man inside home from which the call came.
They saw he had a dog and asked him to secure the animal. When the deputies went to the back door to speak to the man, the dog "charged" toward them. Sgt. Ernie Bedoya said, "The deputies had nowhere to go. The dog came at them and he was shot." The dog's owner, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon - the pit bull.
Officer Shoots Vicious Dog on Glenwood Drive
(04/21/08): Bakersfield, CA - On Sunday at about 12:30 PM, Deputies were dispatched to the area of the 1700 block of Glenwood Drive regarding two vicious dogs (no breed was mentioned in the article) that were loose. The first Deputy on the scene observed the dogs and called for an Animal Control Officer.
When the Animal Control Officer arrived, the owner's residence was located. The Deputy assisted with contacting the dogs' owner. While the Animal Control Officer was talking to the dogs' owner, one of the dogs rushed toward the Deputy as if it were going to attack the Deputy. The Deputy fired one round at the dog, striking it on one leg.
Pit Bull Attacking Chicago Girl Shot by Police
(04/23/08): Chicago, IL - In a developing story, Villa Park police shot a pit bull Monday night they say attacked the foot of a 13-year-old bicyclist and refused to let go. The girl was riding her bike around 7 p.m. near the Iowa Community Center when the dog chased her and grabbed onto the bike, Lt. Mike Lay said.
It forced the girl to stop, then bit her on the shoulder and she attempted to run toward the recreation center, he said. The male dog, which had gotten out of its owner's yard in the 400 block of North Iowa Avenue, then pursued her and grabbed her foot, refusing to release it, Lay said.
When police arrived, the pit bull still would not release the girl's foot and was shot once and killed by the officer. Lay said the girl was taken to an area hospital but he did not know her condition. He also did not know if there were previous incidents or problems reported with the dog or if it had previously escaped.