Knock Triggers Attack
Cortez, CO - It was reported that after Macing one of two pit bulls that attacked a woman, deputies then used a "bite sleeve" to help guide the second dog away. When that failed, deputies shot at the pit bull, but the bullet "ricocheted" off its skull. It would be interesting to know how often a police issue bullet, shot from a police issue firearm, bounces off a dog's head instead of penetrating it. The unlucky victim, Nancy Thomas, suffered a fractured wrist and "a lot of stitches."
"The Montezuma County Sheriff's Office said Nancy Thomas went to visit her friend, Jonathan Wilson, on CR 29 outside of Cortez Wednesday morning.
They said when she knocked on the door, Wilson's two pit bulls attacked.
Wilson's girlfriend called 911 and Action 7 News obtained the tapes.
"What's wrong?" the dispatcher asked.
"This lady came over to tell us something and my boyfriend's dogs attacked her," Wilson's girlfriend said.
"Ok, does she need an ambulance?" the dispatcher asked.
"Yes she does right away," Wilson's girlfriend said. "I brought her into my house to get the dogs off of her."
"Where are the dogs right now?" the dispatcher asked.
"They're outside, I'm scared to go outside," Wilson's girlfriend said.
Deputies arrived within minutes.
They said the dogs would not allow them near the house.
"He tried everything, he Maced the dog, one of the dogs ran away, the other dog just stayed there, he even took his training bite sleeve out to help get the dog to bite so he could guide it away," Montezuma County Sheriff Gerald Wallace said.
Wallace said deputies shot at the dog, but the bullet ricocheted off its skull, scaring it enough to run away."
The article also reported that Wilson had both dogs euthanized after attacking his friend, who had unwittingly knocked on his door. Wilson was cited with misdemeanor ownership of a vicious animal.
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