Anderson Officer Shoots Attacking Pit Bull
(04/09/08): Anderson, SC - A neighbor who said he has always been terrified of pit pulls helped two Anderson children and their mother escape from an attack by their own dogs on Cherry Street earlier this week.
Witnesses said that a 5-year-old girl was being dragged by her hair around the yard of her home when T.R. Swinton went to help. Swinton was able to get the dogs off the child and mother, but then the animals began to attack him. A police officer who responded ended up shooting and killing one of the dogs after it charged at him.
"When I arrived on scene there was a shoe laying in the driveway, I heard the little girl crying from inside," Miller said.
Miller said the dogs began to turn on him. "They were taking a stance towards me,” Miller said. “They were jumping at me, both at the same time. They were growling, really an aggressive state of mind and I felt I had no choice but to shoot one of the dogs."
Pit Bull Shot Following Backyard Attack in Aurora
(04/14/08): Aurora, CO - Police said they responded when a woman called to report that her Shepherd Collie mix was being attacked by three pit bulls in her back yard. When police arrived, the attacking dogs were gone. The officers found them later in their own yard.
As the officers approached the pit bulls, one of the three dogs moved aggressively toward them. In an attempt to stop the attacking dog, one of the officers utilized a Taser, however, the animal then turned on the other officer, forcing him to shoot the dog.
Simon David, the owner of the three pit bulls, thinks the officers overreacted. "I lost a family member, you know?"
Police Shoot, Kill Staffordshire Terrior
(04/16/08): Clarksville, TN - A police officer fatally shot a 2-year-old Staffordshire terrier today in the area of Williams Lane after a woman claimed it had charged at her and her dog. "The dog was at the mailbox," resident Miriam Brown said. "When the dog saw me unclipping our dog (from its outside tether) the dog charged at me."
Brown said she ran inside and called the police. Officers responded to the complaint about an aggressive dog at large at about 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from Sgt. Cheryl Anderson. Brown told police she was worried about the safety of children about to arrive by school bus in the area, just off Sevenmile Ferry Road near Greenwood Cemetery.
Officers found the dog, which charged an officer, the release said. When the dog was about four feet away, the officer fired two shots, killing the dog. Brown said she witnessed the dog beginning to walk away from the officer, as if it were heading home, but then "turned around toward the officer and charged."
Melanie Daigle said her dog was not aggressive. She said her dog, Apollo, had escaped from her fenced yard before, but never attacked anyone. She says that other dogs ran loose in the area too. "There were no children around, no people around," she said of the scene. "I have a shot dog and all these other dogs went home."
Daigle should count her blessings that no kids were around.
Police Shoot Pit Bull While Executing Search Warrant
(04/16/08): Martinez, CA - A police officer shot and killed a dog that attempted to attack him and his police dog during a search of a house on Wednesday. Martinez police Sgt. Jon Sylvia said the search warrant was served after a two-week identity theft investigation of Mario Galvan, a resident at the house.
As Martinez officers, Contra Costa Sheriff's detectives and Concord police officers entered the house at 11:36 a.m., several people tried to run away through the garage. As some ran into the backyard, a pit bull charged at a Martinez officer and his dog who were standing near the driveway. The officer tried to retreat but was forced to shoot the dog in self-defense.
Officers temporarily detained seven people. One was captured several blocks away after he jumped over a fence. Galvan, 28, was arrested on suspicion of committing forgery and burglary, passing fake checks and identity theft. Two other men were arrested on warrants. All three were booked at County Jail in Martinez.