Monday, October 11, 2010

Two pit bulldogs shot to death in separate incidents

By Tony Simmons, Panama City News Herald

Two pit bulldogs were shot to death in two separate incidents in Panama City on Sunday, according to Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports. About 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Alvin Osborn shot a pit bulldog that attacked and bit his wife, Portia Osborn, outside their home off Portia Drive. She walked out to the garage and a dark-colored pit bull knocked her down and began biting her, a report said.
When she screamed, her husband came out of the house with a 30/30 and shot the dog twice, killing it. EMS treated Portia Osborn, and she was taken to Bay Medical Center.
The Sheriff’s Office had been to the residence the night before because Alvin Osborn saw the dog in his yard, the report said.
About 4:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Letohatchee Street, where a homeowner shot and killed a neighbor’s pit bull that was in his fenced backyard.
Donald Pennington said he and his 4-year-old son had been threatened by a white-and-brown pit bulldog in his yard the day before, which he reported to Animal Control at the time. He also went later to the house of the neighbor who owned the dog and told her about the incident. She said she would keep the animal in her yard, the report said.
However, Pennington said his other neighbor, Phillip Walker, told him about 4:20 p.m. that a large dog was in Pennington’s back yard acting aggressively. He went outside and saw the dog in his yard, barking and growling at Walker, who was on the other side of a fence in his own backyard. Pennington told a deputy that he went back inside to call 911, but couldn’t find his phone. He picked up a shotgun and returned to the yard.
Pennington said he yelled at the dog, which “squared up on him,” the report said. The dog charged him, and Pennington shot the dog in the side of the neck. The dog “appeared to have a mortal injury,” the report said, so Pennington fired a second round into its head and killed it.
The owner of the dog ran to the fence separating their yards and threatened to shoot Pennington, the report said. The woman and a man with her also threatened to have their other pit bulldog “rip his throat out,” the report said.
Pennington called 911 to report the incident.
The dog’s owner told a deputy that the dog, named “Rambo,” was 14 months old. She said she had seen it in her front yard behind a 3-foot fence about 10 minutes before she heard the shots.

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