7/21/14 – Racine, WI – Police shoot two pit bulls, one dead


Police shoot two dogs, one dead

Journal Times staff

RACINE – Police shot two dogs and killed one of them after the dogs reportedly charged officers Sunday morning, according to the Racine Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to 17th Street and Connolly Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a report of two loose dogs, described as pit bulls, chasing children in the area.

The dogs also reportedly tried to attack a dog in the 1500 block of Grove Avenue and reportedly charged at officers as they arrived and attempted to exit their vehicles.

At that time, the tranquilizer gun was requested, according to the police department.

The dogs also traveled to the front yard of a home in the 1400 block of Deane Boulevard, at which time the dogs attacked a cat in the front yard of the home, police said.

While waiting for the tranquilizer gun to arrive, officers continued to witness aggressive behavior from the two dogs, at which time, due to the aggressive nature of the dogs, lethal force was used in the interest of public safety, the police department said in an emailed release.

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The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group Bad Rap recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements (https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399 )13. In 2013, in the United States, 16 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.

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