Two People Shoot a Pit Bull Then Dump It
(03/27/08): Vallejo, CA - This is not a "cop shooting" story -- it is a story that portrays a different pit bull enemy: their owners.
Two people are suspected of shooting and abandoning a pit bull in Vallejo early Tuesday, police reported. Police were called to the area of Sims and Wilson Avenues around 1:40 a.m. and found a pit bull suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Police reported a caller said he heard a gunshot, saw the dog limping, and then saw a black man and white woman get into a vehicle and drive off southbound on Mare Island Way. The pit bull was still breathing when animal control officials arrived, but police said the dog's wounds were life-threatening.
Police Shoot, Kill Two Attacking Pit Bulls in Sioux City
(03/28/08): Sioux City, IA - A Sioux City police officer shot and killed two pit bulls after they attacked Clark Tibboel, walking his dog on South College Street. Someone reported two dogs were attacking a man, who was trying to fend them off with an umbrella. Tibboel had been walking his own dog, a black Labrador retriever, near two apartment buildings on the 500 block of South College Street.
Sioux City Police Sgt. Jim Cunningham, who was the first officer on the scene, said Tibboel and his dog had already been bitten. The dogs came toward him when he got out of his vehicle, so he fired two shots, killing both. Police believe the dogs escaped earlier that day from their owner, Kelly Langwell, who lives on the 2200 block of South Paxton Street.
Police said Tibboel suffered bites to the calves of both legs and his dog also appeared injured. He refused medical treatment. Kelly Langwell of Sioux City owned the two pit bulls, which had escaped earlier that day from their home. Langwell was cited for two misdemeanor violations of allowing a dog to run at large.
Criminals Use Stolen Pit Bull as a Weapon
(03/29/08): Keansburg, NJ - Two 17-year-old males and a 28-year-old mother of three used a stolen pit bull as a dangerous weapon during the assault and robbery of a 25-year-old Keansburg man, according to Keansburg police. Please see original DogsBite.org article.
According to police, the two juvenile males dragged the victim into the hallway of the apartment building, where they commenced the assault. During the attack, Pigott said Moss held a pit bull at the top of the stairs, threatening the victim as the juveniles beat him.
As the victim continued his attempts to get away, Moss unleashed the pit bull, police reported. Pigott said prior to the pit bull's release, the two juveniles had yelled, "Get him! Get him!"
Police said they suspected the dog to be stolen, as none of the individuals involved in the crime were believed to own the pit bull. Officials are currently attempting to ascertain the true owner of the dog, and have contacted Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor Amato to assist in that capacity.
Lorain Officer Shoots Two Pit Bulls, Kills One
(04/01/08) Lorain, OH -- Also known as "Loraining Blood" due to the overwhelming accounts of pit bulls attacking people, police officers and other dogs. On Monday, a Lorain police officer shot and killed a pit bull after two dogs allegedly turned on him after attacking a mailman.
Police responded to the area of Washington Avenue and West Ninth Street after a 27-year-old U.S. Postal Service mail carrier reported being attacked while delivering mail. The mailman wasn’t injured during the incident but pointed out the open picture window of the West Ninth Street home the dogs had jumped into to escape.
The injured dog ran back and jumped through the picture window into the house. The city’s animal control officer responded, and he and the officer entered the vacant house, where they found a female pit bull and a puppy locked in two separate upstairs bedrooms. They also located the injured dog in the home’s bathroom. All four dogs were taken to the county pound. The owner was unknown.