Takes Police 2 Hours to Restrain Pit Bull
Ross Township, PA - Troopers spent two hours on Friday trying to secure a berserking pit bull. The dog had chased a 10-year-old boy into a car. Police finally used "an electronic immobilization device" to get a leash on the dog, which still failed to restrain the animal, according to police.
The situation began at 8 a.m. in Vista Estates when the boy was walking to his school bus stop and the pit bull chased him. The boy jumped into his grandmother's vehicle and the dog threw itself at the vehicle, damaging the driver's side door. The dog then threw itself at an arriving state police cruiser, hitting the passenger side door. The unnamed dog's owner will be cited.
We remind readers of DogsBite.org that we do not make this stuff up. This story calls to mind a recent blog post that mentions "tame" animals versus "wild" animals. Some cities include pit bull type dogs under the category of "wild and exotic" animals which automatically bans them. In Maquoketa, Iowa's ordinance, for instance, pit bulls are sandwiched between piranhas and pumas.
4-1-7: Keeping of Wild Animals Prohibited
The ordinance specifically prohibits "any vicious or dangerous domesticated animal or any other animal or reptile of wild, vicious or dangerous propensities." (we snipped the first 14)
- Jaguars (Panthera onca)
- Leopards (Panthera pardus)
- Lions (Panthera leo)
- Lynxes (Lynx)
- Monkeys, old world (Cercopithecidae)
- Ostriches (Struthio)
- Piranha fish (Characidae)
- Pit bull terrier dogs
- Pumas (Felis concolor); also known as cougars, mountain lions and panthers
- Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae)
- Sharks (class Chondrichthyes)
- Snow leopards (Panthera uncia)
- Swine (Suidae)
- Tigers (Panthera tigris)
- Wolves (Canis lupus)
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