Monday, June 9, 2014

Timeline of pit bull attacks on police

SRUV has logged only occasional attacks on police and other public servants since January 2016.

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Deputy forced to shoot pitbull who was attacking sheriff's K9
   August 14, 2016; KPNX Mesa AZ

Pit bull shot after attacking K9 outside courthouse
   April 28, 2016; ABC6, Franklin County, Ohio

Dog shot, killed while attacking K9
   March 29, 2016; (Boise ID) & Idaho Statesman

Dog killed by Dover police officer 'split-second decision' for safety of residents
   March 21, 2016; New Philadelphia (OH) Times Reporter

Off-duty NYPD officer saves K-9 partner from runaway pit bull on Long Island
   February 24, 2016; NY Daily News

Spokane County deputy shoots dog attacking him and K9 Laslo
   January 26, 2016; Spokesman-Review


Bullet grazes Michigan State Police dog as troopers stop pit bull attack
   December 15, 2015; MLive

Dog euthanized after attacking Cocoa police officer
   December 11, 2015; WESH Orlando

Muncie police officer attacked by pit bull; owner faces charges
   December 11, 2015; The IndieChannel RTV 6 ABC

Dog owner set pitbull on officer
   December 7, 2015; Phoenix, Durban, SA

Dog killed after attacking officer
   November 20, 2015; Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette

Pit bull attacks, bites officer
   November 19, 2015; NW Florida Daily News

Glendale pit bull attacked officer, shot to death
   November 6, 2015; ABC 15 Arizona

Officer suffers bites to face, hand trying to save woman from dog attack
   October 29, 2015; WBTV (Davidson, NC)

Animal control officer severely injured in pit bull attack
   October 29, 2015; WSB TV 2 (Columbus GA)

Pit bull attacked police dog as it chased a suspected car thief
   October 28, 2015; KOMO News (Centralia WA)

2 pit bulls attack off-duty Lima Police Department officer
   October 20, 2015; LimaOhio

Police Shoot, Kill Pit Bulls in Corona After Dogs 'Terrorize' Neighborhood
   October 5, 2015; NBC 5 Los Angeles

Man arrested after claiming Tyler police officer shot his pit bull
   September 24, 2015; Tyler Morning Telegraph

Police shoot, kill dog after two pit-bull type canines attack Manheim Township woman and police
   September 21, 2015; The Patriot-News

Pit bulls attack animal control officer
   September 11, 2015; KESQ CBS 2

August 13, 2015; MLive
Suspect's pit bull attacks Sheriff K-9 during arrest

August 9, 2015; KSFY ABC
Sioux Falls police shoot pit bull that tried to attack

July 27, 2015; Johnson City Press (TN)
Police dog killed by stray dog in Roan Mountain
Gunner was attacked by a stray dog he had not seen around the area before. He said the stray dog was a silver pit bull mix.
July 24, 2015; Chicago Sun-Times
Police officer fatally shoots pit bull in Chatham

July 21m 2915; KRON 4 San Francisco
US Mint Police Shoot Pit Bull After Dog Attacks 3 People

July 13, 2015; WSB TV2 Atlanta
Animal shelter employee attacked by pit bull mix
The DeKalb County Animal shelter is currently holding ". . . around 300 dogs. The shelter was built in the 1950s to hold about 150 so with two in a run we can easily house them."

July 13, 2015; CBS Boston
Pit bull attacks officer conducting security check

July 9, 2015; KNOP, North Platte
Pitbull Shot by Officer in McCook

July 9, 2015; KOLO ABC 8
Reno Police Shoot and Injure Pit Bull That Attacked Officers

Pitbull Owner Charged
July 8, 2015; Tyler Star News (Texas)
According to police reports the two Pitbulls have been documented attacking people and other animals on five separate occasions.

June 30, 2015; Tyler Morning Telegraph
Pit bull shot, killed after attacking Smith County workers

June 22, 2015; Tulsa's Channel 8 ABC
Pit bull to be put down after attack on postman
My Dad used to be a postal worker, mail carrier, he was attacked by a dog, matter of fact a pitbull, snapped, broke his ankle and he retired from the post office after that.

June 17, 2015; KHOU
Postal worker attacked by pit bull during mail route

June 15, 2015; KTVU
Officer kills pit bull after dog injures him during welfare check

June 9, 2015; Click2Houston
Dog attacks HPD officer near Midtown

June 5, 2015; Fox 19 Now
Police shoot, kill pit bull about to attack officer

June 4, 2015; Washington Times
Upstate NY cop shoots, kills pit bull after it attacks him

May 23, 2015; WKMG Local 6 (Panama City FL)
2 women, deputy attacked by pit bull

May 1, 2015; KDKA 2 CBS Pittsburgh
Shenango Twp. Police Officer Attacked By Pit Bull, Officer’s Partner Shoots Dog

April 23, 2015; NY Post
Vicious pit bull attacks NYPD patrol horse

April 23, 2015; Fall River (MA) Wicked Local
Fall River police officer kills attacking dog while trying to arrest owner
The dog, named Precious, was known to be vicious and had tried to bite police officers who previously arrested the dog’s owner, Reinaldo Santiago, 30, of 196 Irving St. Last year, Fall River Animal Control briefly took custody of the dog when it bit the property owner, according to a police report.
April 18, 2015; WHO TV 13 Fort Dodge IA
Fort Dodge Police Shoot Attacking Pit Bull

April 17, 2015; LV Sun
Officer shoots, kills pit bull after it attacked police dog

March 8, 2015; Wilcox Township, MI
Pit bull attacks Newaygo Co. deputy

February 25, 2915; Missoula County, MT
Montana Highway Patrol troopers attacked by woman, pit bull
Both troopers and Johnston were transferred to St. Patrick Hospital for treatment, . . . 

February 9, 2015; Ellicott City, MD
Howard police officer shoots, kills pit bull
Citing animal control records and statements from neighbors, police said the residence "has a long history of animal complaints, including citations for dogs running loose and acting dangerously."

February 8, 2015; Tulsa, OK
Pit bull charges officer, gets shot

January 28, 2015; Biloxi MS
Pit bull attacks narcotics agent during search of home

January 28, 2015; Jackson MS
Officer shoots charging pit bull

January 27, 2015
2 pit bulls attack Miami-Dade police

January 23, 2015
Officer shoots pit bull after dog attacks fellow officer

January 8, 2015
Springfield [OR] police officer shoots, injures pit bull that attacked him

January 6, 2015; Charlotte, NC
Officers shoot, Tazer pit bulls that attacked at homeless camp

January 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA
Officer injured in pit bull attack in Brewerytown


December 30, 2014; New Castle County, Delaware
Pit bull shot after attack on K-9

December 11, 2014
Vancouver [OR] police officer kills pit bull after being bitten in arrest of suspected child molester

December 5, 2014; San Gabriel Valley Tribune,  East Valinda, CA
Pit bull fatally shot after attacking deputy

November 20, 2014; San Francisco Chronicle, SF, CA
Vallejo officer shoots, kills attacking pit bull
The pit bull bit down on the officer and then “began to violently pull the officer around the property,” DeJesus said.

November 12, 2014; WLTX19 Kershaw County, SC
Deputy Shoots Pit Bull After Attack
The deputy yelled at the dog but the animal keep moving towards [him] . . . . the deputy drew his handgun and shot the dog in the chest and leg. The dog then stopped and walked away.

November 7, 2014; Police News
Mass. deputy shoots, kills pit bull after attack on officers

October 24, 2014; Baldwin Cty, AL
Baldwin County deputy shot, killed pit bulls that attacked cats
One deputy shot the attacking pit bull and at that time the second dog charged him as well. That dog was also shot. Both dogs perished along with at least one cat that the pit bulls had been attacking.

October 3, 2014; El Paso, TX
Police shoot dog after it bites animal control officer
"I've been noticing that the dogs were getting kind of weird and violent, and so I've been trying to find homes for them," the owner said.

September 26, 2014; Chicago, IL
Police dog attacked by two pit bulls

September 20, 2014; Marshfield, WI
Pit bull shot following attack of police officers

August 22, 2014; Norfolk VA
Humane officer hospitalized after pit bull rampage

August 18, 2014; Harper Woods, MI
Bullet fragment injures officer during pit bull attack

August 18, 2014; Celina OH
Officer shoots attacking pit bull

August 17, 2014; Topeka, KS
Topeka officer shoots, kills pit bull

August 6, 2014; Middleton, OH
Officers shoot pit bull during drug raid

July 30, 2014; Athens, GA
During the dog's rampage he killed another dog, severely bit a 10-year-old boy at the scene and then bit the arm of one of the officers before that officer was able to pull his weapon and shoot the dog, killing it.

July 21, 2014; Racine, WI
Police shoot two dogs; one dead

July 16, 2014, Mechanicsville, MD
Trooper shoots, wounds pit bull in attack
Witnesses told investigators that the dog has bitten others in the past.

July 11, 2014; New Haven, CT
Pit bull attacks cop

July 10, 2014; Saltillo, MS
Lee County pit bull attack
According to the Sheriff, Finney was injured from head to toe, . . . 

July 9, 2014; Flint, MI
Flint police shot 120-pound pit bull after it attacked 14-year-old boy
Nolden said during the softball game, he saw a teenage girl walking the pit bull around the baseball diamond area. Nolden said the girl was having trouble controlling the large, leashed dog . . . "She could not handle the dog. It was obvious, because the dog was pulling her all over the place, . . . .'"

July 3, 2014; Fountain County, Indiana
Fountain County deputy attacked by pit bull

July 3, 2014;
Owner of four pit bulls arrested after dogs attack woman and charge deputy

June 28, 2014
Pit bull shot, killed after attacking North Middleton Township police officer

June 26, 2014; NBC5 Chicago
Vernon Hills Police Shoot Attacking Pit Bull

June 13, 2013
Riverside K-9 accidentally sot by deputy during pit bull attack
They were walking across a residential yard when a large pit bull jumped out of an open window and attacked Tessa.

June 9, 2014; WDRB,com
New Albany senior citizen injured after pit bull attacks

June 8, 2014;
Pit bull shot, killed by police
The officer struck the dog twice with a stun gun, with no effect. The dog then lunged at the officer's leg.

June 5, 2014; South Bend Tribune
South Bend police officer shoots pit bull

June 5, 2014, Wall Street Journal (AP)
Hudson Valley cop kills pit bull after attack

June 5, 2014; Asbury Park Press
Howell officer shoots in pit bull attack

May 25, 2014; The Oregonian
Trooper shoots pit bull that attacked during arrest near Grant's Pass

May 23, 2014, First Coast News
Pit bull attacks, injures deputies in St Augustine

May 22, 2014; KCBD
Two in custody after pit bull attacks Lubbock, TX officer

May 22, 2014, CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA2)
Pit bulls quarantined after attacking officers

May 20, 2014; Cincinnati Enquirer
Police kill pit bull, arrest two, in drug investigation
Colerain Township police shot and killed a pit bull after it bit a sergeant and was about to attack a lieutenant during a drug investigation Tuesday.

May 19, 2014; York Dispatch
Two West Manheim officers attacked by pit bull at fire scene

May 17, 2014; The Virginian-Pilot
Newport News shoots pit bull after attack

May 12, 2014, WOFL Fox Orlando
Orlando police officer attacked by two pit bulls

May 8, 2014
Pit bull shot and killed after biting Kalamazoo Public Safety officer

April 24, 2014; SF Chronicle
SF police shoot charging pit bull

April 8, 2014, KREM
K9 recovers after Spokane Valley pit bull attack

April 4, 2014; TMZ
Pit bull attacks police horse outside Dodger's Stadium

March 26, 2014; Quad-City Times
Pit bull injures Davenport police officer

March 24, 2014; ABC30 Action News Los Angeles CA
Pit bull gravely wounded after attacking officer
The pit bull's owner was arrested for allegedly urging his two dogs to attack the officer following a minor confrontation. One of the pit bulls latched onto her upper thigh before it was shot.

March 20, 2014; Click2Houston
Pit bulls attack neighbors, deputy

March 17, 2014; Arizona Family
Police shoot pit bull after attack

March 1, 2014; Chicago Tribune
2 bitten by pit bull that was shot by police
A loose pit bull that was charging towards a Chicago police officer was shot after it bit a 17-year-old boy and a man this morning in the South Shore neighborhood.

February 6, 2014; CBS Charlotte (Dillon, South Carolina)
State worker in coma after pit bull attack
DILLON, S.C. (AP) — An employee of South Carolina’s environmental agency is in a coma after he was attacked by a two pit bull dogs in Dillon County.
   Sheriff’s Capt. Cliff Arnett says an employee of the Department of Health and Environmental Control was working in a rural area Tuesday when he encountered the dogs.
   The man managed to call 911. He is listed in critical condition in a hospital. A family member says he has been put into a medically induced coma. The man’s name has not been released.
   Deputies shot the dogs and will test them for rabies.
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Previous attacks on officers:

November 11, 2013; Albany Herald, Albany NY
Albany drug unit officer shoots, kills attacking pit bull

August 24, 2013;, Warwick, RI
Police officer attacked on duty by pit bull

July 16, 2013; KDKA2 McKeesport PA
Officer hospitalized after pit bull attack
The officer was bitten on the left thigh and left forearm and remains hospitalized. 

Related post:  Puppycide

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Record 33 fatal pit bull attacks & 459 disfigurements in 2015

2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities (Daxton's Friends)

Fatal Pit Bull Attacks

Today's pit bull attacks

SRUV uses the definition of "pit bull" as found in the Omaha Municipal Code Section 6-163. As pit bulls are increasingly crossed with exotic mastiffs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and other breeds, the vernacular definition of "pit bull" must be made even more inclusive.

Sources cited by news media sometimes refer to "Animal Advocates" or sometimes "Experts." In many cases these words are used to refer to single-purpose pit bull advocates who have never advocated for any other breeds or species of animals. Media would be more accurate to refer to these pit bull advocates as advocates of fighting breeds.

Similarly, in many cases pit bull advocates refer to themselves as "dog lovers" or "canine advocates" and media often accepts this usage. The majority of these pit bull advocates are single-purpose advocates of fighting breeds.