Thursday, May 1, 2008
(04/28/08): Omaha, NE - This just story just beats all. A worried neighbor, Leslie Smith, called animal control, then the police after a pit bull that was hanging around started acting dangerous. Police responded the to call, the dog charged an officer and the officer shot the dog six times killing it. Later, when animal control came to ticket the owner (for having a dog-at-large) the pit bull's owner got feisty -- so feisty that a police officer tased him. Now he's facing two charges: obstructing officers and a dog-at-large ticket.
Pit Bull Owner Upset After Dog Shot by Cops
Red Hot (04/29/08): Kansas City, MO - Kansas City police shot and killed a dog in its own yard, but it's what happened next that infuriated the dog's owner. Fighting back the tears, Jim Conaway said that "Smokey" his dog was definitely man's best friend. Although Conaway remembers his Labrador retriever-mix as a loving companion, neighbors and police say it looked and acted like a pit bull.
"I can understand how they felt threatened," Conaway says, acknowledging that the dog police killed had a mean personality. Conaway's anger is focused on Kansas City Animal Control, who he says cremated his dog and ignored his efforts to claim Smokey's remains. "I didn't even have a chance to bury him like I would have liked to pay my last respects to him," Conaway says.
"The incinerator is fired up as soon as possible," says KCMO Animal Control Spokesperson Teresa Clark.Clark says Animal Control doesn't have refrigerator units to hold animal remains until an owner can be located. She says Conaway's dog wasn't wearing a dog tag and disputes his claims that he made several calls, shortly after the shooting, trying to retrieve Smokey's remains. "I can only tell you what I know and what I know is that we did not receive a call," Clark says.
Police were trying to serve felony warrants on a handyman Conaway had hired to work on his property. KCMO Police Spokesman Darin Snapp said they had no choice but to use their firearms to protect themselves. Snapp says police had initially tried to subdue the dog with mace. He says officers were acting "by the book" when they shot the dog as it broke its chain and lunged.
Pit Bull Owner Upset After Dog Shot by Cops
(04/29/08): Houston, TX - Houston cops shoot a lot of pit bulls. DogsBite.org hopes the HPD is tracking these shootings. Just recently, Sheriff's deputies had to shoot two more pit bulls in west Harris County. It happened near Clodine and Westpark. Eyewitnesses say the dogs were chasing and threatening kids who were in the neighborhood on their bikes and skateboards. No youngsters were hurt.
Officer Shoots Pit Bull After Taser Ineffective
(04/30/08): South Bend, IN - Vicious dog attacks happened on opposite sides of the city on the same afternoon. In one attack, a South Bend police officer fatally shot a dog after it reportedly attacked two men. A large tan pit bull reportedly broke out of a home and mauled a man who was fighting outside with the owner. The dog then attacked its owner, police said.
Shortly after first responders arrived, the dog charged Patrolman Paul Strabavy, forcing the officer to Taser the dog. The Taser had no effect on the animal and it began rushing the officer again. Strabavy pulled his gun and shot the dog three times, killing it. One of the bitten men suffered serious injuries to his leg and was taken to an area hospital with uncontrollable bleeding. -- We hope it was not the femoral artery.
Pit Bull Crashes Through Glass Window, Attacks and Kills Dog
Red Hot (04/30/08): Chambersburg, PA - Police killed a pit bull after it entered a fenced yard, then into a private home to fatally attack a small dog. Resident James Maher said the pit bull had possibly killed his wife's Pekingese. Maher said that he had tried to stop the attack by hitting the dog with a garden rake. but the pit bull turned on Maher, who jumped over a fence to escape.
Maher said that both of his dogs, the Pekingese and a 10-year-old English bulldog, are trained to let themselves out of the house through the screen door to the fenced-in back yard. He said the pit bull must have jumped the fence and stalked his dog until it was near the door. As his dog went back into the house, the pit bull followed him inside and snatched him in his jaws.
Officers located the dog on a second story porch near Maher's back door. Officers first tried to catch the pit bull with a snaring pole. This didn't work; It didn't help that the dog continued to act aggressive either. So the officers shot and killed the dog. Police learned later that Maher's dog died after attack. Police also said the pit bull was originally kept in the owner's home.
On the night of the attack, the pit bull escaped his home by crashing through a glass window during the evening's thunderstorm.The owner of the pit bull, Fuertado Wallace, does not have a listed phone number. He also did not make a statement to the news folks. The case is being turned over to Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement (AKA animal control). Meanwhile, Maher said he has already spoken with attorneys and is considering a civil suit against Wallace.
Police Shoot Pit Bull in South Toledo
Toldeo, OH - A 1-year-old pit bull named Zeus was shot in South Toledo by a Toledo police officer yesterday as the dog charged at officers, authorities said. The dog was taken by a deputy dog warden to a clinic, where it was euthanized, Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon said.
A 2-year-old female was taken to the pound, where "we're going to hold it until someone claims it, and that person will get cited, and we'll see what happens," Mr. Skeldon said. Officers went to the house because neighbors reported that three dogs were running loose and tearing at the front screens of a house as they tried to get in.
After one the dog's charged an officer, he fired a round from his shotgun and hit the dog. Neighbors have been saying these dogs have been terrorizing the neighborhood for some time. The dog owner, Omar Asad, 20, says there is "no way [Zeus] attacked in that manner."
Around the corner, John Rector came home to find most of the front screens missing and the windows muddy.
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| 5/01/2008 5:07 PM |
Holy Smokes! It's a shoot-a-pitpalooza out there! Come to think of it, the last time I went through Kansas City, a P.D. unit had the trunk ajar and I could have sworn there was a stack of those ugly things. But I wasn't convinced; at least not until one of the officers reached over and cranked up 'Another One Bites the Dust' by AC/DC, then flashed me a grin. Heck yeah! Now I call that some protecting and serving!
About the K.C. incinerator, though. It does seem a little insensitive, particularly at a time that we need to be reaching out to North Korea. Kim Jong-Ill and his people are having trouble meeting demand for bosintang. They have a need. We have a problem. Why can’t we be friends?
| 5/01/2008 5:35 PM |
Let's see: tasers don't stop them. You have to shoot them multiple times and that rarely kills them. I have doggie mace but I've been told it won't do me any good if the attacking dog is a pit bull. So if these three things can stop humans and other breeds of dogs but not pit bulls, why are pit bulls allowed to be owned without additional restrictions for safety reasons?
Another thing that strikes me is people tend to get a dog that suits them. Aggressive people get aggressive dogs, which in turn makes aggressive dogs even less safe. Here's a great study that shows just what type of people own aggressive dogs:
| 5/01/2008 5:54 PM |
"The dog owner, Omar Asad, 20, says there is no way [Zeus] attacked in that manner."
We get it Omar! De-Nile is just a river! "Pit bulls good. Everyone else is ignorant. Statistics lie. No bad dogs. All in how you raise them."
| 5/01/2008 6:16 PM |
We sure tracked that story:
Pit bull Owners Are More Likely to Be Criminals
| 5/01/2008 8:23 PM |
Well we went over the 100 mark, 105 I think, and I'll have to get another box of pins to go in my map. I'll bet we end up over 350 this year. There seems to be alot more pit bulls than I've ever seen.
| 5/03/2008 5:38 AM |
I talked to our local law enforcement and they said there are to many varibles to give a cost. If no one is hurt they just make a note in the log "one shot fired to put down dog". The officer is on duty anyway, so no real extra cost unless someone is hurt.