#401: Pit Bull Tries to Attack Wheel-Chair Bound Man
12/23/08 | Rubidoux, CA
Summary: In the wake of a violent mauling by two pit bulls that caused a man's death, Rubidoux is back in the news. On Tuesday a loose pit bull tried to attack a wheelchair-bound man, prompting a Riverside County sheriff's deputy to shoot the animal. According to sheriff's Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela, "The deputy was driving by and spotted a pit bull-mix aggressively trying to attack a male in an electric wheelchair." Fearing the dog would hurt the man, the deputy fired his sidearm at the pit bull, which ran away, unharmed.
#402: Father Kills Family Pit Bull After Attack on Child
12/23/08 | Ironton, OH
Summary: Ironton police were called to a residence in the 2700 block of South Fifth Street just after 7 p.m. Friday night, Ironton Police Capt. Dan Johnson said. The father of the child advised police the family dog, a pit bull-mix, had attacked the child and that he had shot the dog. "He should not have done that," Ironton Dog Warden George Wilson said. "We needed the dog so that we could have quarantined it." Now they're stuck with having to analyze the dead dog's brains to see if the animal had rabies. Read full story.
Pit bulls killed: 1
#403: SWAT Team Shoots, Kills Pit Bull During Arrest
12/22/08 | Atlantic City, NJ
Summary: A suspect in an attempted shooting Friday of a police officer in Atlantic City was apprehended in Pleasantville early Sunday after "violently resisting arrest," Chief John Mooney said. The Atlantic City police SWAT team arrested the suspect, Gerald Spivey, at a home on West Brighton Avenue. Spivey, 24, allegedly opened fire on a police officer outside Proud Mary's Bar early Friday. During the arrest operation at the West Brighton home, a SWAT team member shot and killed Spivey's pit bull after the dog attacked an officer.
Pit bulls killed: 1
#404: Dog Owner Shoots Pit Bull After Attacking Dog
12/20/08 | Springfield, IL
Summary: A woman was ticketed for letting her pit bull run loose after it attacked her neighbor’s dog and the neighbor shot the pit bull to get it to stop. After the pit bull was let out to relieve itself, it chased after the neighbor's dog, a blue heeler. The two dogs started fighting. Deputies said the blue heeler was on a leash. The neighbor used a shovel to try to separate the dogs and when that didn’t work, he went into his house, retrieved a shotgun and fired a warning shot into the air to startle the dogs. After that didn’t work, he shot the pit bull in the leg.
#405: Officer Shoots Pit Bull Near Boca Raton
12/20/08 | Boca Raton, FL
Summary: Deputy George Long arrived at a home to take a stolen property report. When he got out of his cruiser, a large brown pit bull belonging to Diane Follmer (a neighboring home) ran toward him. He jumped onto the trunk of his cruiser and pulled out pepper spray. Follmer was able to grab the animal and pull it away. When the pit bull charged again, Long opened fire, shooting several rounds and striking the dog once in the torso.
The pit bull owner thinks the officer should not have shot her dog. But witness Armando Gamboa saw the incident and disagreed. He said the dog charged Long several times and the deputy warned Follmer to take the dog away but "she started to make fun of him and yell at him," Gamboa said. When Long warned he would shoot the dog, he said Follmer just mocked again. "He warned the lady four or five times."
#406: Unknown Citizen Shoots, Kills Attacking Pit Bull
12/19/08 | Oklahoma City, OK
Summary: A dog that attacked a boy in southwest Oklahoma City was shot and killed by someone at the scene. Animal control officers were looking for a brown pit bull terrier that had reportedly bitten a boy walking to school in the 6400 block of S Indiana Ave., police Sgt. Gary Knight said. Animal control officers heard a gunshot but did not see who fired it, Knight said. The dog had been hiding around a vacant house and was found dead after the shot rang out. No one thus far has taken responsibility for the shooting.
Pit bulls killed: 1
NOTE: Pit Bulls Confront Police During Drug Raid
12/19/08 | Waterville, ME
Summary: Waterville's police chief says officers had to deal with a pair of "very ugly" pit bulls during a drug raid at a house in the city's South End. Chief Joseph Massey said an officer sprayed Mace at one of the dogs to get it under control during the Wednesday night raid at the home of 25-year-old Harry Reed. It was the second time this month that Reed found himself in hot water with the law. On Dec. 9 he was summonsed for keeping dangerous and unlicensed dogs after his pit bulls allegedly attacked a neighbor's dog.
#407: Woman Injured, Pit Bull Shot in Charleston
12/18/08 | Charleston, WV
Summary: Molly Nicole Thornton, 19, was cut after she and Richard Lawson Moss, 35 of Charleston, began fighting. According to Sgt. Aaron James, assistant chief of detectives for Charleston police, Thornton yelled for her 16-year-old brother, who began fighting with Moss. The juvenile had a gun and fired one round that didn't hit anyone. When police arrived, they tracked down Moss and found two handguns in his pockets. During the arrest, police were forced to shoot an aggressive pit bull that was growling and preparing to attack the officers.
#408: San Diego Police Shoot Pit Bull
12/17/08 | San Diego, CA
Summary: A San Diego police officer shot a pit bull at home in City Heights. Sgt Darrell McPherren says officers went to the house on the four-thousand block of 35th Street after receiving calls 3 men were breaking in. When they arrived they arrested the three men but when they opened a bedroom door they got another surprise. Sgt McPherren says "a pit bull charged at the officer and he shot the dog". The dog was picked up by Animal Control and is expected to survive. Police say the men brought the dog with them to the home.
#409: Undercover Police Shoot, Kill Pit Bull
12/09/08 | San Diego, CA
Summary: In last week's police report, we missed this shooting. After undercover narcotic officers arrived at Demarkus Peeples home, one thing led to another, and one of Peeples' American Staffordshire Terriers (AKA pit bull), escaped the house and charged the officers. The dog named Egypt was shot three times and less than an hour later, she was euthanized by San Diego County Animal Control officers. Meanwhile, Peeples was stuffed into a police cruiser. "Charge him with everything you can charge him with," he remembers one of the officers saying.
Pit bulls killed: 1