By Tara Lynn, WRAL
A Durham woman said she shot a dog with a shotgun and left it in the yard overnight Jan. 11 immediately after it bit her 2-year-old daughter.Durham police charged Tasheka Laquon Beatty, 33, of East Knox Street, with animal cruelty the next day.
Beatty said she is not a cruel person, but she had to protect her child.
"If that was your child, what would you do?" she said.
Beatty said she had the dog for about a month and that her daughter was very attached to it. The dog came in from the snow and bit the child in the face, she said.
She then took the dog outside, chained it and shot it with a shotgun, before taking her daughter to the hospital, she said.
She said she asked a neighbor to call 911 that night, but police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said there's no record that a call was made. The next day, Beatty said, she called police to have the dog taken to animal control.
Durham County Animal Control seized the dog, but refused to comment on the extent of its injuries and whether it was still alive Wednesday.
Beatty said the dog died.
Beatty said she doesn't regret shooting the dog, which she said was a 1-year-old pit bull named Moo Moo.
"I take full responsibility. I just think that's what any other parent would do if they (saw) what I saw," she said.
Update January 21, 2011 12:30pm - The following article is from WPDE:
Mom shoots dog after it attacks daughter
A Durham, North Carolina mom says she had no other choice but to shoot a pit bull after it attacked her daughter.
Now she's facing charges that she feels are unjustified.
Tasheka Beatty says the dog, which the family was watching for a friend, bit her 2-year-old daughter at their home. She says she shot the pit bull after it tried to attack the girl's father.
Her toddler now has scars on the left side of her face and will have to have reconstructive surgery.
Beatty has been charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in public. She feels those charges are too harsh.
Police say she left the injured dog chained up outside overnight. Beatty says the dog was left outside because her calls to animal control went un-answered.
Officers came out after she called 911 the day after the incident.