Dog police shot for attacking their K-9 has died
Las Vegas police shot a dog they say attacked one of their K-9s in the northeast valley Friday while they looked for someone in a stolen vehicle investigation. The shot dog later died.
Police were called about 7:30 a.m. to the 6400 block of Spanish Garden Court, near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, where officers stopped a vehicle they said looked suspicious, Metro spokesman Officer Jesse Roybal said.
The car pulled over and two people got out and ran away, Metro said in a release Friday evening.
When police ran the abandoned vehicle’s license plate through a database, Roybal said, it appeared to be stolen.
A female passenger was taken into custody and police called in K-9 to look for the second person who fled.
Officer shoots, kills pit bull after it attacked police dog
A K-9 officer and a police dog went looking for the male suspect in the 100 block of Lailani Street, about a mile from Spanish Garden Court, when two dogs approached, Metro said.
One of the dogs stood by as the other, a pit bull, attacked the police dog, police said.
Two officers tried to intervene by hitting the pit bull with batons, but when the attack continued, an officer shot the pit bull once, police said.
The pit bull and the other dog ran away and led officers to the dogs’ owner, and a Metro officer drove the owner and pit bull to a veterinary office, where the pit bull died, police said.
LVMPD Police Dog Attacked
CBS Las Vegas – 4/17/15
The dog that was shot, as well as the other dog, ran to a nearby residence where the owner was located. An LVMPD patrol officer drove the dog owner and his injured pet to a nearby vet were the dog succumbed to its injuries. The police dog was also transported to a vet where he was treated for his wounds.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the vehicle the suspects fled in was reported stolen. The female in this incident has not been charged at this time and the second suspect remains outstanding. This incident remains under investigation.
American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.
Most APBT puppies get along fantastically with other animals, including dogs. Puppies often love to play with and have companionship with other animals. This often gives owners a false sense of security. As the APBT matures, their relationship with other animals can change drastically. Often dog aggression issues emerge from 1-3 years in age, but some dog’s exhibit aggression as early as 6 months of age. They often will actively seek out other dogs to engage in fighting with and have broken their collars, crashed through windows, and torn through fences to do so, and one recently leaped from an apartment 2nd story balcony, to get to a dog. They can get along with other dogs at times, but things can escalate quickly and they can attack suddenly and for no apparent reason. They often redirect onto humans who try to break up the fight14. Extreme caution should be used with all animal interactions and owners should never be completely comfortable. They can be unpredictable and a dog that plays nicely with dogs for years can suddenly change. Many owners have been shocked to see their beloved pet’s fighting instincts suddenly surface. It is highly recommended that the APBT is separated from other animals in the household when they cannot be supervised15. This is not a breed that is suitable for interactions at off leash dog parks16.
It is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff