Thursday, June 11, 2009
Mineral Wells, TX - A police officer was forced to shoot an aggressive pit bull multiple times with a shotgun after two pit bulls attacked Edward Lew while he was riding his bike. Mineral Wells Chief of Police Mike McAllester said the June 3 incident was not the first problem with pit bulls in the area. Though he said it was "typical" of the breed. "Anytime you have to shoot a dog three times with double-ought buckshot, that’s an indication of how vicious they are," he said.
"The officer heard dogs fighting (while he was there). When he arrived, another subject was swinging a shovel at the dog – it was the brindle pit bull.Related articles:
"The dog turned toward the officer, he was 3 feet away and attacking."
McAllester said the officer fired one round into the front of the dog’s head. The animal tried getting up and the officer fired again.
"The officer attempted to find the second dog, but couldn’t," the police chief said. "When he got back, the brindle dog was on his feet -- the officer fired again."
This was not the first problem with pit bulls in that area.
"There is an ongoing problem with pit bulls," McAllester remarked. "We have had complaints."
He added that dogs had been taken into custody and euthanized.
"Three months ago, we had a complaint from a woman who said dogs were killing her cats," he said, adding that officers took the dogs.
"That’s typical of this (breed)," he commented.
"Anytime you have to shoot a dog three times with double-ought buckshot, that’s an indication of how vicious they are," he said.
06/03/09: DogsBite.org Releases Report: U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008
06/02/09: 11 Bullets Required by Oak Ridge Officer to Kill Aggressive Pit Bull
05/16/09: Police Issue Bullet Bounces off Pit Bull's Head
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| 6/11/2009 12:02 PM |
I have personal knowledge of a red nosed pit bull surviving a police officer handgun shot to the skull.
See http://www.bigredkennels.com and take a look at "Rocky"
This dog has a scar on the top of his head. With this in mind, how can the average mother, father or child stop an attack by one of these animals?
| 6/11/2009 5:31 PM |
It's refreshing to hear a police chief who hasn't been drinking the pit nutter kool-aid and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Typical police protocol with pits is shoot first and worry about the paperwork later. Only when there's real danger of hurting a person in a densely populated area will they go for other methods first, like tasing.
| 6/12/2009 12:27 AM |
My first thought was that police shotguns usually have an open choke, and with only 8 pieces of shot flying in a large pattern, (assuming an average 2 3/4" load) it's sometimes difficult to connect with vitals. But at just 3 feet? That dog should have gone down like a sack of potatoes.
Wow. I guess all you can do is keep shooting.
Or, we can ban pit bulls and put a stop to this nonsense.