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Police shoot pit bull and leave him for dead, but on the next day he rises

A pit bull shot by police and left for dead in East St. Louis was scooped up by an animal advocate the next day, rushed to the vet and may survive.

Fox 2 News reports that police were called to the 900 block of East Broadway in East St. Louis on Tuesday after an eight-year-old boy was bitten by a black and white dog who witnesses say the boy had been throwing rocks at.

On Wednesday, Jaime Case, the executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians, was driving through the area and saw the dog moving in a field. She and her husband, who feed stray dogs in East St. Louis, loaded the dog in their truck and rushed him to Hillside Animal Hospital in St. Louis.

Why the dog remained in a field nearly 24 hours after police shot him, why no one apparently checked the dog after he was shot, why what was thought to be his lifeless body wasn’t hauled away are questions police haven’t answered. But on the surface it all seems to show a huge lack of respect — both for dogs and the community.

At least one department official wasn’t happy about it. Police returned to the street the next day, after neighbors who had gathered to watch the dog get rescued started expressing anger about how the police had handled the incident the day before. Fox News 2 caught one officer on video, who was wearing a hat reading ‘Asst. Chief’ and shouting into his phone at someone about the incident.

“We should have down something proper. How do we shoot a dog and leave a damn dog in a field?” the officer asked. “And you wonder why these people say the (expletive) they say about us.”

X-rays of the dog, who the rescuers named Colt, reveal he was shot once in the shoulder and once in the head.

But animal rescuer Case said when they arrived at his side he seemed to have some fight left in him.

“He was fighting us to get in the car so he has got some oomph left in him,” she said. “I am hopeful all those things mean he is on his way to recovery.”

Because the dog was found alive, the child who was bitten may be able to avoid a series of five rabies shots.

The dog, who was wandering at the time of the incident, is microchipped, and is registered to a home in Belleville.

If the dog survives, there’s still a good chance he could be put down if he is deemed dangerous.

Comments

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time October 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

The Big, Bad cops strike yet again! Obviously, we do not do a very good job of psychologically profiling these idiots before handing them a gun and a badge!
And here’s a message for the “kids” out there:
If you do not want to be bitten DON’T throw rocks at dogs (or any other animal for that matter). They have no hands with which to defend themselves, only teeth.
Once again, a dog is subjected to official cruelty for doing that which comes naturally to him.
I’m beyond disgusted by these kinds of stories.

Comment from Merritt Clifton
Time October 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

The boy may very well have been throwing rocks at the pit bull in a desperate attempt to defend himself. Of the 4,466 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,845 (64%) were pit bulls; 538 were Rottweilers; 3,618 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 518 human fatalities, 264 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 387 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,533 people who were disfigured, 1,694 (67%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 315 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,106 (83%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

Comment from Judith Pannebaker
Time October 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Everyone involved should be ecstatic to know the pit in question was euthanized. Since I have two pits myself, I’m writing tongue-in-cheek of course. Sigh!

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time October 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Merritt Clifton is a joke among expert dog people when it comes to his whacky statistics. Somehow he thinks he trumps the Centers for Disease Control who says it can’t even accurately track dog bites or DBRFs by breed because at this time there is no scientific method to do so. So how can a man from Whidbey Island, WA, do it? Brent Toellner of KC Dog Blog has some interesting reports on Mr. Clifton’s “scientific” methods (all media based). Clifton has some sort of personal vendetta against pit bulls despite having a site called “Animal People.” Ironic.

Comment from Karen
Time October 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Merritt Clifton has the same psychological disorder as Colleen Lynn, Ingrid Newkirk, Dawn James and a handful of other extremists. Because they say it it is therefore true.
What a pity the mainstream media do such a lousy job of researching their sources before they quote such people, but even they’re beginning to catch up on the motives behind people who twist stats and tell lies to promote their agenda.

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