Swift Iowa Justice
Pierson, IW - The mayor of a small western Iowa town shot and killed a pit bull after it bit a child. Mayor Max Dunnington says he'd previously warned the dog's owner that the dog could be killed if it ran loose and acted aggressively. Woodbury County Chief Deputy Greg Logan confirmed the details but referred all other questions to the county attorney's office.
The mayor said the child was riding a bike to the post office when the dog, which Dunnington described as a pit bull mix, bit the child on the ankle. The mayor said he got a report about the incident, at 326 Front St., about 12:45 p.m. and that when he arrived on the scene, the dog was at its house about 200 yards from where the child was bitten.
He said he shot the dog when it became aggressive. "When I got close to it, it started growling, so I put it down," he said. Although the owner had not previously been cited, Dunnington said the owner was verbally warned when the dog was running loose and being aggressive. "I told (the owner) if this happened again the dog would either be taken away or put down."
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