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Officer shoots attacking dog

Published 10:19pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An animal control officer with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office shot a pit bull when attacked in Carrollton on Friday.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, another officer, responding to a report of two dogs roaming the area, was first attacked by one of two pit bulls encountered in the 23000 block of Pearl Court.

The officer took refuge in a vehicle and called for assistance. When two more animal control officers responded to the scene, one of them was attacked by the second pit bull.

That officer fired a single shot into the dog’s shoulder while it was attacking, according to the sheriff’s office.

The owner, who lives in Carrollton, arrived and retrieved both dogs, and the injured pit bull was released after being taken to a veterinarian.

Both animal control officers suffered minor injuries, and the incident is under investigation.

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  • So What

    I can only hope by the reaction here is that you never are called to serve on a grand jury. where part of the process is to obtain information based on facts and not opinions or heresay.Before you vote to indicte or not.Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

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  • So What

    I love stirring the pot of love and tolerance especially by coming up with a what if situation when the story, its more of a story than a report with much in the ways of the basics w’s of journalism lacking in it’s contents, which in this case I brought up questions and per the normal from the normal group here that come from the shallow end of the gene pool, instead of considering or even wanting to know more details, the attacks come from those who drown in that gene pool. good morning and God bless you!

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  • guyr

    A dart gun? The officers were obviously attacked because they suffered injuries. How about allowing yourself to be attacked by a pit bull. Someone will shoot it with a tranquilizer, which takes some time to take effect; meanwhile you’ll continue to be mauled. How about requiring the owner to maintain control of his dogs. It’s a tragedy that the attacking dog wasn’t killed so it wouldn’t be alive to attack anyone else in the future.

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  • So What

    3 ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS NOT ONE TRAINED OR ARMED WITH A DART GUN THAT COULD BE USED TO RENDER THE DOG UNCONCIOUS OR TO SUBDUE THE DOG? NOT EVEN COLLAR NUSES I FIND IT RATHER DISTURBING OF THE USE OF THE WORD CONTROL IN DESCRIBING THESE OFFICERS POSITIONS.

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    • Lovebug

      A dart gun or collar noose? Really? LOL Maybe this….owners of out of control dogs/pit-bulls should keep their dogs in the house or in a fenced yard so they can’t attack anyone. Good thing there were no kids out playing for them to attack.

      I’m thinking the officers did the right thing. They should have put both dogs down along with the idiots that own them.

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