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Deputies shoot, kill dog-fighting pit bull

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:54 am

A dog fight that was taking place in Andrews Wednesday ended with the death of one of the animals that was shot by a deputy.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said officers responded to Apple Street in Andrews at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because of “two large dogs fighting in the road.”
Deputies arrived and saw a crowd of approximately ten children and two adults standing near two pit bull dogs actively attacking each other.
“The crowd was moved to a safe distance, and sheriff’s deputies attempted to separate the dogs but verbal commands had no effect. As both dogs continued fighting, sheriff’s deputies used a Taser in an effort to break up the fight,” Cuthbertson said. “The Taser was effective in stopping one of the dogs, but had no effect on the second which continued its attack on the incapacitated dog. Deputies attempted multiple Taser stuns to the head of the dog which was still aggressively attacking the incapacitated dog with negative results.”
Cuthbertson said  in the interest of public safety, “deputies were left with no other option but to shoot and kill the aggressive animal to end the attack.”
She said the officers then tried to locate the owner of the deceased dog, but no one would claim ownership.
“The owner of the other pit bull told deputies they had been walking their dog when the second animal ran towards them and they were forced to retreat onto a nearby car as the two dogs began to fight,” said Cuthbertson. “Witnesses stated that the attack had been ongoing for about 30 minutes before deputies were called.”

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