A Fort Wayne, Indiana pit bull has been shot by a community corrections officer after allegedly charging the officer. The dog now struggles to live after police department refuses to cover the vet bills.
The incident happened over Memorial Day weekend. In a press release by the Allen County Community Corrections Department stated an officer was about to be attacked as a pit bull ran toward him from the screen door of a residence in the 4400 block of Warsaw Street. The officer said the owner, identified as Antione Billingsley, failed to control the dog after being asked to put the dog back in the house.
Baby, who is a 3-year old female red nose pitbull has never shown signs of aggression in the past, and Billingsley wonders what happened to make his dog run out of the house. Neighbors back up his story that the dog isn’t aggressive.
Baby was taken to a veterinarian by animal control after being shot three times. Billingsley doesn’t have the money to pay for the $900 operation Baby needs to survive. Police Chief Rusty York has already told the dog owner the city won’t pay for the surgery. Baby has a bullet hole in her chest, one in her shoulder and one in her arm. The bullet is still in her arm, and she needs surgery to remove it.
Dog lovers everywhere are outraged, and demand answers to several questions. These include:
*Why wasn’t mace or a Tazer used as the first defense against the dog?
*Was Baby wagging his tail, or was he charging? Many officers can’t tell the difference between the two.
*Would the dog have been shot if not a pit bull?
*Why did it take three shots to bring the dog down? Sounds like the officer should go back to the firing range.
*Why three times? Did Baby keep charging after being struck by the first bullet?
*Was it safe for an officer to fire his weapon three times in a residential neighborhood?
Billingsley stated in an interview with WAN.com “I feel like he shot my child. I would like to see my dog get medical attention she desperately needs right now.”
While the details about this latest family dog being shot by police are still coming in, one thing is certain: Baby needs surgery to live. One person commented on a site called giveforward.com to help with the vet bill. Do any of the readers here have any other suggestions?
What do you think of this shooting? Did the officer have the right to fire, or was Baby singled out for being a pit bull?
Your comments are welcome.