Pit Bull Dog Charges Officer (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 02:00 (2376 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – Yesterday afternoon at about 12:45 pm, officers with the Abilene Police Department (APD) responded to a call in the 800 block of Mulberry Street regarding a dog attacking people. A calling party had called and advised APD Dispatch that a pit bull had attacked two people and that one of the persons attacked had their pants torn. Animal Control was also notified and responded to the call. While the calling party was on the phone with APD, a second calling party called APD Dispatch to inform them that the same pit bull was trying to attack people and that the dog made it to her porch. Upon arrival, the initial responding officer quickly assessed the situation and realized that he was confronted with an overly aggressive pit bull. During his assessment of the circumstances, the aggressive pit bull charged him with no provocation. The officer waited as long as possible before realizing the dog was not stopping and that he would be attacked. For his own protection, the officer used lethal force. The dog stopped attacking. Further investigation at the scene revealed that several witnesses had seen the pit bull charge towards anyone nearby and that it forced several onto their porches or into their homes.

An Animal Control Officer arrived at the scene after police arrival. The dog died enroute to the Abilene Animal Shelter. The actual custodian of the dog was eventually identified by the Animal Control Officer conducting the follow-up investigation. Based on the latest information, the custodian will be issued citations for failure to restrain and for failure to vaccinate. Fines could be up to $500.00 per citation. The custodian of the dog confirmed she had been taking care of the dog for a few months and that the dog was not vaccinated. No member of the community was identified as being bit by the pit bull.

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