Multiple Shots, Keeps Attacking
Oklahoma City, OK - Recently, there has been press about a pit bull that took three bullets to protect its family from an intruder. Pit bull advocates have locked onto to the story. They are complaining that the article did not mention the breed of the "heroic" dog. We believe the "three bullet taking" pit bull is anecdotal evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous; it is extremely difficult for any person to get them to stop an attack once they have started.
The owner of the dog, Roberta Trawick, said he saw the intruder shoot the dog two times. "He shot him once in the head and he was still going after him and the guy shot him again." The dog, named D-boy, was shot three times. The intruder, apparently spooked, fled out the front door. Yesterday, DogsBite.org was sent an email from a user about this story along with a response. So stunningly well written and on point is the response, that we share it with you.
The next thing you know, bank robbers may come into the bank wearing pit bulls strapped to them as cheap protection from bullets."Hero? There they go again! The article does not state that anyone from the victim’s family ordered the dog to attack…the pit bull simply attacked. It is only from the human experience do we place the value of "right v. wrong" on this situation. The pit bull was apparently "right" for attacking an armed intruder/robber/burglar. What if the man turned out to be an undercover police detective executing a search warrant...a uniformed police officer...a parole officer searching the parolee’s residence for drugs? My point is that the pit bull had no capacity to evaluate the situation and reach an informed judicial decision; most jurisdictions just excuse such dog attacks against trespassers engaged in illegal activity. The dog is simply not a "hero"!
I once had a police officer testify about his experience in assisting the execution of a search warrant on a residence believed to be harboring a wanted murder suspect. Upon the police knocking on the door and announcing their intentions to search the premises, the suspect’s family came to the door. Then a pit bull came from behind them and jumped up to bite onto the officer’s arm. Luckily, the pit bull's teeth were not embedded into the officer’s flesh as a result of his heavy coat, so the officer was able to shake the pit bull off of his arm. However, the pit bull attacked a 2nd time, "climbing" up the officer’s body and this time clamping onto the officer’s arm. Only because of the circumstances, the officer was prepared to pull his Glock .9 mm handgun and shoot the pit bull in the head. The bullets (2) did not kill the pit bull, but only the concussion of the bullets knocked the pit bull back off of the officer. The pit bull, after being shot twice in the head, attempted to attack the officer for a 3rd time – when the officer’s partner ended the incident by discharging the shotgun he was carrying – loaded with a solid shot round – that DID kill the pit bull.
This case is anecdotal evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous – as they are tenacious, and it is extremely difficult for any person to get them to stop an attack once they have started. The next thing you know, bank robbers may come into the bank wearing pit bulls strapped to them as cheap protection from bullets."
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