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Dog seized after chewing up police car


Here’s an odd little story — and one that raises more questions than it answers –out of Chattanooga, where a dog apparently decided to eat a police car.

Police officer Clayton Holmes was sitting in his parked patrol car Sunday night — either to work on reports or to catch speeders on radar (the story seems to say both), when he suddenly felt his vehicle shaking.

He got out to investigate and found a bulldog had chewed two tires and the entire front bumper off the car.

(While cynics will wonder how the dog was able to consume so much of the police car so quickly, and speculate the officer was napping, we would never suggest such a thing.)

When another police car arrived, the dog attacked it, as well as two cars belonging to citizens who were driving by, police say.

Officers used pepper spray and a tazer on the dog, but neither seemed to faze it. Eventually McKamey Animal Center personnel responded to the scene and managed to capture the bulldog (how they did so isn’t described).

They also took into custody two other dogs that they say had managed to get through a fence of a nearby welding shop.

The owner of the dogs, Nancy Emerling, was issued a citation.

(Click  for an updated version of this story)

(Photo: Chattanooga Police Department)


Comment from Anonymous
Time March 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

Must be a pretty determined bulldog. Better get it recruited!!!

Comment from small dogs
Time March 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

This bulldog has a very strong set of teeth to tear up 2 tires and the front bumper

Comment from manuel
Time March 16, 2010 at 10:07 am

I’d love to see the police report on that 🙂

Comment from WICHITARICK
Time March 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

And people call these “NORMAL” pets ?
Are.nt you glad this was not your child playground plastic equipment?
or that old tire my daughter likes to play with in MY BACKYARD! Amazing tazer did not stop it? what do you think thei “animals” reaction would have been when this officer would have hit it with a club?
If a person did this damage to that car we would be freaking out and then made it through the tazer we would be convinced the person was an “animal”.
I have large no,s of these “ANIMALS” WITH IN EYE SIGHT OF MY HOME but I will be held accountable if I make any aggressive moves towards them!
But they can roam freely while I am caged in my yard to protect myself?
I,m not just some dumb hick most of what I just said came directly from animal control.
Shoot first ask questions later.
EXAMPLE- In this county if you make threats against me and then come to my home and use razors and tools to tear my front off I can shoot through that door and kill you and not be charged
I can not do the same to your dog.
although to their credit the local cops shoot a good no. of animals each yr. BUT the reporting in minimal because of the controversy .
That is why I can not show the links to back this up. BUT I will report back when my 10 lb. terrier or my child or myself gets harmed by one of these mongrels and I chase the offender down and kill it like a deer or wild hog. Rick in Wichita Ks.
clean them ,dress them, take them to the food bank.

Comment from Dawn
Time March 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

First off if you look up the story and get full details it was an 80 pound pit bull mix which is very very different than a bulldog. A bulldog is a companion animal with a standard weight of about 40lbs for bitches and 50lbs for dogs. Bulldogs are in NO way mean or viscious animals naturally and the breed standard calls for courage and specifically states not viscious or agressive as those are not traits to be expressed in bulldogs. I have bred and shown the breed for over 10 years and have several. Mine have been obedience dogs, therapy dogs, many are AKC Canine Good Citizen tested. They are in homes with elderly and handicapped persons and I now others out there that are licensed service dogs. If you do your proper research and educate yourself you would learn that a terrier is far more likely to bite then a bulldog. Terriers were bred for hunting, mousing, ratting, and sparring and the ability to do these things is still a priority to the breed standards with many in this group. You are more likely to be bit by a terrier or a herding dog than a bulldog… terriers and herding animals were bred to do these things… while the orignial purpose in bulldogs was to bull bait… that was more than a 100 years ago and the breed was changed and bred differently to attain a true companion animal with gentle clownlike behaviors. But to somone with ignorance of the breed the “sourmug” appearance can appear menacing… in that case its the human with the problem, not the dog.

Comment from amadison
Time March 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

You know, there are days when I feel like chewing up a car–police or otherwise–myself. On the other hand, I think If I were sitting in my car and a dog chewed off the front bumper, I’d probably notice before he could do too much damage. I agree with Anonymous. They should probably hire him for the police department.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time March 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Maybe just the animal-loving rebel in me…and I really DO love law officers, they protect me all the time and risk their own lives constantly….but I still just wanna applaud dogs who, unlike the sleepy, negligent, laser-laden officers here, know how to have a grand ol’ time. I have HATED what my many pups devoured over the decades….but I also have kicked back and laughed long afterward. What were they thinking?! And how good was that for you BABY?!

Comment from anonymous
Time March 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

To the lady that breeds the bulldogs. I agree with you about what you said, and I did hear from my mother that it was a pit / boxer mix but you have to admit that not every papered dog adheres to the breed standard. I think the dogs that conform to breed standard are far outnumbered by the ones that don’t, but as long as people have that piece of paper saying it’s a so and so they don’t care if it barely resembles what it’s supposed to. The biggest majority of them have no socialization or even basic obedience. So we can’t judge all breeds by every part of their breed standard.

Comment from someonewhoknows
Time March 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm

If u are looking at a report on ur computer in your car is it possible that u wouldnt see a dog walk up behind ur car??? Then is it possible there is video to back up his statement?answer yes….maybe the officer also has a extreamly good knowledge of animals and tried his best not to kill it?? maybe you all should suppaort the officer insted of bashing him….he did NOT shoot it after all….

Comment from Starla
Time March 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm

WichitaRick… You have a NEIGHBOR Problem. You can’t hate on an entire race or breed of animal because it has Bad or Irresponsible Owners. I worked in a vets office & your so called “normal pets” were the ones we had to worry the most about getting bitten by. Seriously! Never had a single problem w/ the so called “Bad Breed Dogs”…It was always the little ones who had the “Little Man Complex”. We once had a Chi-Rat Terrier Mix that was so nasty, she even attacked her owner! She messed him up very badly too. He had to go to the emergency room for a lot of stitches! Another incident was with a Boston Terrier! So, to judge a whole breed of dog just because it’s not your particular idea of “normal”…c’mon. Bad Owners make Bad Animals…No matter the breed.

Comment from Linda Szymoniak
Time March 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

How could the officer NOT notice what was happening until that much damage was done? He had to be sleeping – or out of the car. Of course, they’ll take the word of the officer over the word of the dog…wait, the dog can’t talk. Something just doesn’t seem right about the officer’s story here…