Thursday, October 2, 2008
Pasadena, MD - Ernie Dimler had just dropped off his son at school and was getting ready for his workday. He closed the door to his truck, stepped back and there they were -- two pit bulls, one snarling and both set on taking a bite out of him. He described the snarling dog as "just pure evil." Before he could kick his way out of the situation, the one dog bit his leg and the other bit his hand.
Dimler (pictured) said, "I'm so grateful that the dogs picked on me because I know karate and I could fend them off. If it was a kid they definitely would have killed it, no doubt about it." One of his neighbors, Connie Miller, started honking her car horn. Another neighbor, Chris Clarke, armed himself with a broom. The dogs, who had backed Dimler into a corner, quickly turned their attention to Clarke.
Alerted by neighbors, police officers arrived at the chaotic scene to find one pit bull had pinned a woman against a utility pole. One of the officers yelled at the dog and caught its attention. As the dog approached the officer, he used his Taser on the animal. The dog fell but rose again and continued toward the officer. The officer used the electronic stunner again -- again with no effect.
Only when the dog was shot did it run away. Police used a bean-bag round, designed to be less than fatal, to deter the smaller dog. Animal Control officers arrived and seized the dogs. The owner of the dogs was apologetic and agreed to have the animals destroyed. Ms. Miller said she was conscious during the attacks of how close the attacks were to a nearby elementary school.
"I was so worried they were going to get a kid," she said.Related articles:
09/12/08: Boy Scout Stabs, Kills Pit Bulls Attacking Friend's Dog
08/02/08: Chris Mazza: Teen Hero Saves Kid Brother From Pit Bull Attack
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