Police officer shoots a pit bull named Bullet
“My question is why did the police officer use a gun and not his Mace, his Taser or his stick, or call animal control,” said Amy McDonald.
McDonald, along with her dog, Bullet, was visiting her father on the Virginia island, when Bullet and his brother ventured off.
Chincoteague Police Chief Eddie Lewis said the dog, a pit bull just over a year old, was running off his leash and had cornered a nearby resident and his son in a barn when police arrived, according to DelmarvaNow.com
The chief said the dog growled at Cpl. Kenneth Reese who “just didn’t have a whole lot of time to react.”
The gunshot hit Bullet in the jaw and chest.
McDonald and her 8-year-old daughter were trying to find the dogs when they heard the shot.
McDonald took Bullet to a Maryland animal hospital. She said the dog’s injuries are expected to take as long as eight weeks to heal. She was issued two tickets for her dogs being unleashed. She said the dogs wouldn’t have hurt the officer. “They’re the biggest sissies you’ve ever seen in your life.”
Lewis said the officer was aware of other dog attacks in recent years, including the mauling of a prominent public official’s granddaughter. In 2009, the six-year-old great granddaughter of Accomack County Supervisor Wanda Thornton was attacked by a dog identified in news reports as a pit bull.
“He’s aware of what damage a pit bull will do if they get ahold of you,” Lewis said of the officer.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 23rd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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