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      Dog attack prompts QPD to shoot and kill pit bull

      A report of a dog attack in the 700 block of South 14th street in Quincy Sunday, September 12th ended with a pit bull being shot and killed.

      The suspected attacking dog had broke loose and began fighting with another dog that was in a fenced in kennel in a neighbors yard.

      KHQA's Jarod Wells followed up with the dogs owner and the Quincy Police Department Monday, September 13th.

      The Quincy police officer found a pit bull lying in the yard. Another dog was in a fenced-in kennel, both were bleeding. Before an animal control officer could get there, the dog on the loose went back over to the fenced-in dog and they started fighting again, eventually locking jaws through the fence.

      QPD Lt. Dina Dreyer said, "He had kept the dog at bay for as long as he could, until the dog approached the other again and began fighting again at that point he had to act, he couldn't wait. Once he shot the dog, then the dog charged at him so he had to shoot it again."

      Lieutenant Dina Dreyer says the second shot killed the dog.

      Lt. Dreyer said, "He had to do something. He couldn't let this dog maul another dog that was in its own yard. It was mauling it through a fence. There's nothing else he could do except prevent that that and there's no way an officer could do that safely by going in and just trying to separate two pit bulls."

      The owner of the dog that was killed told me the dog was like his son. And a nearby resident told me kids had played with the dog in the past without any problems. On the other hand, the another neighbor said the dog had broken off its leash before, and in some cases, the mail man could not deliver mail because of the dog.

      Problems with pit bulls seem to make the news them a reputation as an aggressive breed.

      But the Executive Director of the Quincy Humane Society, Sally Westerhoff, says pit bulls are extremely loyal to their owners.

      They will do whatever their owner tells them to do, including attacking or fighting with other dogs.

      She says the powerful, locking jaws do make pit bulls potentially dangerous, but if they are raised properly, they can be excellent family dogs.

      Westerhoff also says other breeds can be trained to do the same things as pit bulls.

      In this case, the dog had broken free after being tied up outside.

      Westerhoff says that can make dogs vicious.

      "Chaining can increase the frustration level in a dog. They can be taunted by other people, have rocks thrown at them and that just accelerates their rage and frustration on the end of a chain," said Westerhoff.

      Dennis Scott is the owner of the dog that was killed.

      He was issued Notices of Violation for Dog Running at Large and a Rabies Control Violation.

      This isn't the first dog arrest we've seen in recent days.

      Just last week, a Quincy man was charged with unlawful possession of an unaltered dog.

      The arrest of Anthony Kroeger stemmed from an ongoing investigation of someone getting bitten by a pit bull near 7th and Ohio on Labor Day.


      The Quincy Police Department issued the following statement:

      On 09-12-10 at about 11:44 Quincy Police Officers were dispatched to 706 So.14th St in regard to a Pit Bull that was attacking another dog.

      Upon arrival, Officers found that the suspect dog was still in the complainant's backyard.

      An Animal Control Officer was notified and dispatched to the scene to attempt to apprehend the dangerous dog.

      Before the Animal Control Officer arrived on scene, the suspect dog attacked the victim dog once again.

      Officers shot the suspect dog once to prevent it from further injuring or killing the victim dog.

      Upon shooting the dog, it turned and began moving toward the Officers. At that point the Officer fired a second time, killing the dog.

      An investigation was conducted and it was discovered that the suspect dog had broken off of a leash from 720 So. 14th.

      It was also learned that the suspect dog had a history of aggressive behavior.

      The dog's owner, Dennis Scott, of 720 So. 14th, was issued Notices of Violations for Dog Running at Large and Rabies Control Violation.

      The deceased dog was taken into custody by a Quincy Animal Control Officer pending further investigation.