12/25-31/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

This police report is not final for 2008. Reports of 2008 shootings may continue to be released for the next week. Please send these directly to DogsBite.org, or simply leave links in this comment section. #410: Suspect Kills Self, Police Kill Pit Bull 12/31/08 | Columbus, OH Summary: Police officers knocked on the door of a man wanted on an assault warrant. The man came to the door but didn't open it. Two dogs were barking inside, and officers asked the man to secure them before h… [Read full blog post]

12/17-23/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#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 electr… [Read full blog post]

12/11-15/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

400 Mark Has Been Reached #393: Neighbor Shoots Pit Bull in Redding 12/15/08 | Redding, CA Summary: Marshall Jones Sr., 73, told officers that he felt threatened by what he called a vicious pit bull that came into his yard and he shot the animal, police Sgt. Eric Niver said. Police think Marshall Jones Sr. was within his rights in protecting himself when he shot the dog. The owner of the dog, Ashley Schmitz, describes the animal in two separate ways: a labrador boxer-mix and a few s… [Read full blog post]

12/04-09/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#387: Pit Bull-Mixes Bite 2, Escape Bullet 12/09/08 | Valrico, FL Summary: Deputies and animal control officers found a dog that had bitten two people and had escaped with a deputy's bullet in him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Cheryle Peterson, 61, was walking to her mailbox when her neighbor's two pit bull-mixes bit her in the leg. Shelia Ashcraft, 43, was attacked while walking down Meadow Lane and was taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center. De… [Read full blog post]

11/26-04/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#377: Officers Shoot, Kill Pit Bull That Attacked K-9 12/03/08 | Walnut Cove, NC Summary: According to Walnut Cove Police Chief James Hill, a Walnut Cove K-9 was injured Tuesday when a pit bull that belonged to a woman who police had pulled over for a routine traffic stop attacked the animal. Hill said drug Officer Sgt. Chad Williams was attempting to do a sweep of the vehicle when the dog attacked. Officers fatally wounded the dog, but not before it inflicted injuries on the K-9.… [Read full blog post]

11/21-25/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#370: Claremont Officer Shoots Pit Bull After Chase 11/25/08 | Claremont, MN Summary: A Claremont man faces criminal charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that included going through the Saint Marys Hospital emergency entrance. The chase ended in rural Rochester with an officer shooting an attacking pit bull. Adam Joseph Saxton, 26, is charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving after revocation. After t… [Read full blog post]

11/12-19/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#364: Elkhart Officer Fatally Shoots Pit Bull 11/19/08 | Elkhart, IN Summary: An Elkhart police officer fatally shot a pit bull last week after it began charging him. Officer Daniel Milanese was called to the scene after receiving reports the brown pit bull was attacking another dog. A witness said the pit bull had the other dog by the throat shaking it back and forth before police arrived. Milanese fired three rounds at the dog. The pit bull spun around and continued charging,… [Read full blog post]

11/01-11/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#356: Kansas City Police Shoot Pit Bull 11/11/08 | Kansas City, MO Summary: Police shot a pit bull that broke its chain and charged an officer. The dog ran away after the shooting. Police followed a blood trail and searched 45 minutes, but could not find the wounded dog. The dog had broken its collar into two pieces. The collar had also been ripped from the chain. The dog’s owner told police his dog was a "trained attack dog." Besides law enforcements officers, the "right" to own… [Read full blog post]