Officer kills 2 dogs charging at him, officials say

Officer kills 2 dogs charging at him, officials say

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    Officer kills 2 dogs charging at him, officials say

    Officer kills 2 dogs charging at him, officials say

    A third is wounded after call about attack on another man

    By SHAMINDER DULAI
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE

    July 9, 2010, 11:03PM




    A Houston police officer on Friday shot and killed two dogs and wounded a third, all which were charging at him in a southeast Houston neighborhood, officials said.
    The officer, whose name was not released, was responding to a call that the dogs had attacked a man outside his home in the 800 block of Gilpin.
    The man, Jaime Garcia, had been unloading wood from the back of his pickup truck in his front yard when the three dogs belonging to a neighbor about five houses down charged at him and bit him twice in his right leg. The dogs bit his calf and the back of his thigh, his family said.
    "He said he felt like something was burning his leg," said Garcia's stepdaughter, Jessica Castaneda. "My mom was crying and telling us to call 911."
    Garcia's wife had been outside during the incident and jumped into the truck bed to avoid being bitten. She escorted her husband to Memorial Hermann Southeast, where he was treated and released.
    An HPD officer responding to the incident shot and wounded one of the dogs when it came out from behind a car and charged him, police said. The other two then charged the officer and he shot and killed them.
    "The last thing any officer wants to do is discharge his weapon," said HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva. "He was in fear of his safety and the safety of those around him."
    Owner ticketed

    Animal control took the wounded dog, which will be tested for rabies since it did not have a tag on his collar indicating if his shots were up-to-date. It is expected to be euthanized, police said.
    The dogs' owner, Eliza Ramirez, was cited for three counts of not having the animals in an enclosed space. Each citation carried a $100 fine.
    Ramirez was distraught as she leaned against a truck in her garage and stared at the bloodstains from the shooting.
    "I heard gunshots and came outside and the cops said they shot my dogs," she said between a steady stream of tears about the three pets she described as pit bulls she had raised from pups.
    Released from chains

    She last saw Vida, a 3-year-old female; Tyson, 2; and Rocky, 8 months, running around in the backyard at noon. Heavy showers had flooded portions of the backyard and late Thursday night the family had taken the pets off their chains to let them move freely to higher ground, Ramirez said.
    The family had let them off the chain during past storms without issue for two years, but this time they got out.
    Ramirez described her three pit bulls as valued family members who weren't aggressive and save for the hyper but submissive Rocky, they were quiet and sweet pets.
    She questioned why officers used shotguns and wondered if they'd interpreted fearful barking as an attack.
    Inside her home, family members were keeping Ramirez's son entertained and away from the incident.
    "I have my 5-year-old son whose been with them since he was two," Ramirez said. "I don't want him to see them laying there with the blood ... I told him they ran away."
    The officer will remain on active duty while internal affairs conducts an investigation, standard procedure when an officer discharges a service weapon, police said.
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    Sounds like 3 vicious dogs eliminated,with the owner claiming it must of just been a misunderstang,their dogs are harmless
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    Yep, they "fearfully" bit a man twice, and then attacked the LEO. It's a good thing there were no kids in the area.
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    The dog owner's son is now 5, they're oldest Pit Bulls are 3 & 2. Who in their right mind selects pit bulls as a family pet with a 2 year old toddler around the house, & gets another a year later, & a third after that? BLEEPING INSANE!!!!

    I admit all breeds are cute when they'er puppies, but that only lasts 6 months tops. The other 14 years, you're dealing with full size dogs.

    One dog by itself, & this likely would not have happened, but 3, you're dealing with a pack (mob) mentality. One aggressor in the bunch to set an example & the others fall right in line with the leader. UTTERLTY STUPID!!!

    The officer did what he had to do at that moment, zero pitty for the dog owner. Dogs can't choose their owners, it's a shame they were put in this situation. I'm a dog owner (1) & hate to see this happen.
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    Ramirez described her three pit bulls as valued family members who weren't aggressive and save for the hyper but submissive Rocky, they were quiet and sweet pets.

    What a blithering idiot.

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    People-Agressive dogs are not harmless. People-aggressive Pits are dangerous.

    Our LEO did what was needed.
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    Well, now they will be quiet and sweet pets...
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    That officer probably saved the life of the owner's kid. Kind of funny that I automatically assumed Pit Bulls when I began to read the article. I will never understand some people's propensity for stupidity. Personally, I won't let my kids anywhere near a pit bull, rottweiler, or any other "dangerous" breed. I know, I know, They're always sweet, gentle, and trained...right up to the point they kill someone.

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    Blithering and blathering by attacking dog owner, and parents of criminals, is par for the course. Expect it.

    They can rant, rave and cry all they want until the cows come home.
    But the bottom line is the bottom line, and physical evidence doesn't lie when it comes to dogs biting people.

    I love dogs (hate cats), but every dog owner knows or should know if they have any real experience with them that dogs as a species can be quite sketchy.
    Docile and submissive with one person (the family) and then aggressive and even dominant with another. They are animals, not people.

    Keep your animals on leash, as per most state and locality laws.

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    Yep...I would have shot them too. I have two scars from my younger days from a dog attack. Chunk out of the arm and split down the nose. I got the nose bit after for punching the dog in the face as hard as I could after it bit my arm. Dog was lucky I was too young to carry at the time.
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    While the dogs are genetically predisposed to aggression. That is not the only factor. The vast majority of these attacks happen in the "hood". These people buy Pits and Rotts as guard dogs to deter people from breaking in. Most of these people just have the animals for security. They don't love them as most pet owners do. And they don't take the animals needs into consideration.

    I agree that the dogs needed to be killed. But I bet that their living conditions attributed to their aggression.

    My dad had Rotts as Police Dogs. They were plenty aggressive when he needed them to be and were Teddy bears when they weren't working. Because they had a strong leader who respected them and trained them properly.
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    Does anyone here watch the show Ax Men? Jesse Browning's four year old daughter was killed by a family owned Rottweiler. Previously a Rottweiler had been taken from the Browning home because it attacked an adult family member. Despite that attack, Browning kept the two other Rottweilers. IMO: This is sure evidence of insanity.

    Some folks in OK take their unwanted dogs to the country and turn them loose. Only the big bad ones are able to fight off the coyotes. Over the years I have had to kill numerous feral dogs that were chasing game animals, chasing livestock or had attacked me.

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    The attack happened four months after officers had taken a Rottweiler from the same home after it bit an adult family member. The two Rottweilers at the Browning home have been quarantined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    While the dogs are genetically predisposed to aggression. That is not the only factor. The vast majority of these attacks happen in the "hood". These people buy Pits and Rotts as guard dogs to deter people from breaking in. Most of these people just have the animals for security. They don't love them as most pet owners do. And they don't take the animals needs into consideration.

    I agree that the dogs needed to be killed. But I bet that their living conditions attributed to their aggression.

    My dad had Rotts as Police Dogs. They were plenty aggressive when he needed them to be and were Teddy bears when they weren't working. Because they had a strong leader who respected them and trained them properly.
    I don't live in the 'hood' but I am surprised to see more and more people getting dangerous dogs for home protection. There have been several biting incidents here and it appears to be increasing.
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    She questioned why officers used shotguns and wondered if they'd interpreted fearful barking as an attack.
    Quote from dog owner

    ^^^^^What an IDIOT!^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    They were fearful of what, after they'd BIT a neighbor Twice.
    What a buffoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsee11789 View Post
    While the dogs are genetically predisposed to aggression. That is not the only factor. The vast majority of these attacks happen in the "hood". These people buy Pits and Rotts as guard dogs to deter people from breaking in. Most of these people just have the animals for security. They don't love them as most pet owners do. And they don't take the animals needs into consideration.
    So far, the funniest dog incident that I have had as a pizza driver happened with this girl who fit the bill for "trailer trash" - complete with a Pitt type on a chain. She wanted me to think that the dog would bite me, but I know dogs pretty well and this one showed absolutely no aggression when I walked up.

    They can cry all day about how good of a "pet" it was, but people get that kind of dog because they WANT it to be aggressive.
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