Arundel police shoot attacking pit bull

Maryland

October 20, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot a pit bull twice after it attacked him while he was responding to a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon in Severn, police said.

The dog was taken to two veterinary clinics, police said. At the second clinic, the dog was euthanized with the permission of its owner, police said.

Officers Jay Wilson and Timothy Heinecke of the county's eastern police district went to the 1300 block of Monaco Drive at 2 p.m. after a woman called authorities to say she had been assaulted by her husband, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a police spokesman.

When the husband answered the front door, the dog ran past him and lunged at the officers, Urbas said. The officers kicked the dog, which ran around the front yard and then continued to attack, Urbas said.

The dog jumped at Heinecke, who was standing on the front porch, causing the policeman to fall backward and shatter a front window, Urbas said.

Heinecke then shot the dog in the face and the animal retreated temporarily before it attacked again, Urbas said. Heinecke fired a second shot at the dog's back, causing it to run toward a neighbor's house, Urbas said.

"It is unfortunate," Urbas said. "But officer safety had to come first."

Animal control officers then captured the dog, Urbas said.

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