Saturday, December 29, 2007
Paterson, NJ - One of two pit bulls that tried to attack six people over the weekend, including 3 police officers, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. After being shot, it turned around, hopped a fence and headed back home. The attack is another example of pit bull "human aggression." The dogs attacked multiple humans without provocation and without additional animals being involved.
In this instance, a woman alerted nearby patrolling officers that two pit bulls had charged her from behind a fence. The two officers went to investigate only to find themselves amidst the snarling dogs still attempting to break through the fence. The dogs escaped through a rear fence and tried to attack two pedestrians. One of the would-be victims threw a large trash bag over the dogs to distract them.
After a third officer arrived at the scene and learned about the second near attack, he approached the dogs' yard. The dogs charged him and he was forced to fire his weapon. The dog owner was fined for owning unlicensed pets and for letting animals run loose. Both dogs were returned to him. Fortunately, due to quick police action and a trash bag, human injury was averted in this instance.
This is the second pit bull shooting by police in the last week. Several days prior, a pit bull was shot in the mouth as the police attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Detective Lt. Don Giaquinto said the breed's notoriously thick skull helps them survive being shot. "It stuns them a little bit and then they get up and run away," he added.