I shot him like three or four times in the side and once in the head. . . . The dog did let go and looked up, for just a moment. Then he lunged again.
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Deerfield Beach, October 5th, 2011
Thirteen year old Tayla Johnson was trying to put her black-and-white pit bull in the bathroom when it began "acting strange," jumping around and biting her arms and face.
Her brother and her cousin returned from the store and became concerned when Tayla didn't open the door for them. Her brother looked in a bedroom window and saw the dog locked onto Tayla's face.
The two young men got into the house and tried to stop the attack by hitting the dog with keys and a broomstick, but the dog wouldn't let go. They then ran for help.
They realized any help was going to be up to neighbor LaJayron Negrin, who had come into the house with his 9mm P95 Ruger. "I shot him like three or four times in the side and once in the head," said Negrin, who has a concealed weapons permit.
The dog did let go and looked up, for just a moment. Then he lunged again. " . . . that's when I had to put it down," shooting it in the head at an angle to avoid hitting Tayla. Aiming wasn't easy, Negrin said; the dog was still clamped on the girl's face.
"The dog was locked onto this child and wouldn't let go," said Broward Sheriff District Chief Pete Sudler. "He wanted to kill her," Negrin said.
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Source: Sun Sentinel
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