Monday, October 4, 2010

Dog threatening homeowner is shot, injured by deputy

By Jackie Alexander, Ocala Star-Banner

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy on Sunday shot and injured an aggressive dog that had been terrorizing a home for several days.

The homeowner, who lives in the 19000 block of Southwest 29th Street, told deputies her female dog was in heat and that the other dog had been hanging around the house for three days.
The victim said she attempted to go outside her house when the dog, which she described as a 70-pound tan and white pit bull, approached her growling, and with its teeth bared.
The victim said she quickly went back inside and as she shut the door, the dog jumped on it and broke the screen. The dog also reportedly poked its head through a cat door.
Deputy Carmen Gallup reported that she watched the dog circle the house for 45 minutes.
An Animal Control officer and the deputy tried to trap the dog several times, but it charged at them. After firing warning shots to scare away the canine, the dog charged again.
Gallup shot and injured the dog, which ran into nearby woods. Officials were unable to locate the animal after it ran away.

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