Friday, July 15, 2011

Biddeford officer shoots attacking pit bull

From The Portland Press Herald

A Biddeford police officer has shot dead a pit bull after it bit him and then attempted to attack him a second time.
Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fiske says the snarling dog lunged and bit the officer when he got out of his patrol car shortly after 11 a.m. today while responding to a complaint on Pool Street.
When the dog tried to bite him again, the officer shot him. The officer was not seriously hurt and returned to duty.
Fiske said the case is under investigation, in keeping with departmental policy any time an officer fires a weapon. The officer's name has not been released.

Update July 15, 2011 - The following article is by Caroline Cornish, WCSH:

Officer shoots pit bull; owner says shooting was unprovoked

A Biddeford police officer shot and killed a pit bull Friday. Police say it happened after the dog attacked him. The dog's owner, and at least one witness, say the dog did nothing wrong.
The incident happened on Pool Street in Biddeford just after 11a.m. The police officer, identified by witnesses as Jason Pelletier, went to 40 Pool Street because of a domestic dispute.
Mary Rowe's nephew, who was involved in that dispute, ran out of the house, and Rowe's pit bull, Gracie, followed him. Rowe then ran out of her house after the dog.
It's there that the two stories diverge. Biddeford police say the dog lunged at the officer, biting him on the upper thigh of his left leg. Then, they say, the pit bull came after the officer again, and the officer shot and killed the dog.
Both Rowe and her neighbor, John Bunten, who says he witnessed the shooting from his window next door, say Gracie never came at Officer Pelletier. They say she ran out of the house, barking, but stopped before approaching the officer. And, they say, the officer shot the dog between the eyes right in front of Rowe's 12-year old daughter, who was in a nearby car. Bunten said, "I was disgusted. I yelled out the window. I was like, 'How could you shoot a dog in front of children!'"
Biddeford police would not speak with NEWS CENTER on camera, citing the ongoing investigation. Police have had three complaints against the dog. All are about it running loose, and in one case, chasing people. There are no complaints about the  dog being aggressive.

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