Pit Bull Shot By Off-Duty Tacoma Officer
(03/20/08): Tacoma, WA - Police said an off-duty officer shot a pit bull after it charged him and several other people near the officer's South Hill home. According to a police spokeswoman, the officer was outside his home talking with a neighbor when they saw a teenager on a skateboard being chased by a pit bull.
The officer called to the teenager to come over to him, to protect him from the dog. But the dog charged the three and the Tacoma officer fired once and struck the animal. The dog ran away and the officer called the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, which dispatched deputies who later found the wounded animal and shot and killed it.
Thunderbolt Police Shoot Pit Bull
(03/21/08): Thunderbolt, WA - Police officers shot a pit bull that aggressively approached them. The owner, Ronald Williams, wishes his one-year-old pit bull, Cardoe, would have retreated, "I was praying at the time the dog was still going that he would stop, but I could tell from his manner that was not going to stop,"
This is the second time police officers were called to the house in response to the dog. The first time was back in February and the second time on Sunday when officers used deadly force. The police report states after attacking the first officer the dog then charged a second officer.
Ronald Williams, Jr. has other pit bulls in the backyard and admits Cardoe got loose. "He was only aggressive when he needed to be," adds Ronald Williams, Jr. While Williams, Sr. isn't faulting police for protecting themselves he feels the officers played a role in aggravating his dog. "I don't think the situation should have escalated to the point of which it did, it could've been prevented."
Mahoning County Pit Bull Problem
(03/22/08): Youngstown, OH - Local officials find yet another dilapidated home storing fighting dogs. Dave Nelson, an employee of the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s office, wants the house condemned. Nelson said it is important with warmer weather on the horizon to start putting a dent in the large number of unattended vicious dogs in the city.
Nelson was called away Friday to help a city police officer who said he was forced to shoot a pit bull on Wynonna Avenue, a short distance away. The details on that case were unavailable Friday afternoon.
Man Arrested on Murder Charges; Pit Bull Shot During Arrest
(03/25/08): New Bedford, MA - Authorities arrested a 30-year-old New Bedford man on murder charges yesterday, fatally shooting his pit bull, which attacked officers during the arrest. Fagbemi Miranda, who police say is affiliated with a local gang, resisted arrest outside his home on Purchase Street.
"We went to grab him, and a struggle ensued," said Lieutenant Jeffrey Silva, a New Bedford police spokesman. "The pit bull jumped on top of the officers, and they ended up shooting the dog and killed it.
Two Dogs Locked in Deadly Fight are Shot
(03/25/08): Lorain, OH - Also known as "Loraining Blood" due to the overwhelming accounts of pit bulls attacking people, police officers and other dogs. The recent story comes as no surprise. Yesterday, two dogs involved in a horrific and bloody fight gave police no choice but to shoot them to death.
"You have to shoot them! They’re killing each other! I can’t separate them,” the dogs’ owner yelled when police arrived at her East 34th Street home about 8:30 p.m., the report said.
A 10-year-old German shepherd named Fletcher and a 3-year-old pit bull named Max had each others’ necks locked in their jaws and were covered with blood, police said. The kitchen floor and walls, along with the owner’s pants, were also soaked in blood, the report said. She told police she didn’t know what to do and pressed her home security system’s panic button.
More Bloody Dogs in Ohio
(03/25/08): Toledo, OH - This report is not a "police shooting pit bull" report, but should be mentioned anyway, given the high number of shot pit bulls in Ohio (this week alone). Late Monday, a pit bull was found shot dead near West Bancroft Street in Central Toledo.
The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. in a driveway by a house in the 2000 block of Miles, Toledo police said. The owner of the dog told officers he was inside the house at the time when he heard what sounded like a gunshot. He then went outside and found the dog dead in the driveway, the man told police.
The case was under investigation. Police had no suspects as of Tuesday. The Lucas County Dog Warden’s office and the Toledo Area Humane Society were not involved in the case as of early Tuesday afternoon. Tom Skeldon, the Lucas County dog warden, said his office was not investigating the case because the dog was already dead when the office was notified.