Pit Bull Shot Dead After Attacking Man

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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- WLWT TV 5, WKRC TV 12 and Cleveland.com report 06-26-18 in College Park, Ohio, police report a man shot a dog that bit him while he was walking through College Hill, police said.

Authorities said a man with his wife were walking their two dogs just before 9 p.m. Tuesday on Bobolink Drive.

While on the walk, the pair was confronted by a pit bull, not on a leash. The dog bit the man twice on his lower leg.

The owner of the pit bull came out and tried to calm the dog down, but when the owner was unable to calm the dog, the man who was bitten shot it dead.

The dog, said to be a pit bull, was shot in the head and died.

Police said the victim was transported to UC Medical Center. The severity of his injuries is not known.

The SPCA also came to the scene and cited the owner of the pit bull.

A Cincinnati man who is a concealed-carry permit holder reportedly shot and killed a dog after it bit him in the leg.


Just imagine what happens in this case to the victim or his wife if he has no concealed carry permit.

Were they in danger of “great bodily injury”? DUH

Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

The shooter giving the owner of the loose dog opportunity to control his dog shows his reluctance to kill the attacking animal.

Clearly a good self-defense/defense of others” shooting.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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  • 24 thoughts on “Pit Bull Shot Dead After Attacking Man

    1. A dog is not, repeat NOT, a gun.

      A gun is an inanimate object,

      A dog is a higher level social animal with behavior shaped by both instinct and nurture.

      We can disagree on the impact of instinct vs nurture on the breed of dogs known as Pit Bulls …

      But they, Pit Bulls, have nothing to do with in animate object such as a gun.

    2. Blaiming the dog is very much like blaiming the gun in a shooting incident. The several breeds that are often called “pit bulls” are all generally wonderful dogs in the hands of good owners_ who , like good gun owners, care about and care for their animals. Often , any dog that bites is now called a “pit bull”. Most folks cant identfy a “pit bull” on sight. Neither can most animal control or shelter workers. Its the owner who is responsible for the bite in this case too! Not the dog or the breed, which we cant be sure of anyway.

      1. Irresponsible dog owners are at fault for most of the mishaps regarding dogs, especially the ones where dogs end up dead. Dogs are animals not people and lack the capacity of reason. Owners must take and bear responsibility for their pets. Sadly, many do not

      2. 7% of dogs in the US (pit bulls) are responsible for 66% of deaths. Read recently that a pit bull killed a BABY strapped into a car seat! My neighbor has a HORRIFIC story about one. I’m done with people sticking up for pit bulls. They should absolutely be outlawed!

    3. I find the dog owner guilty of accessory to assault with a deadly weapon. He obviously never trained the animal and let it roam free as a menace to the community. I’m glad the victim was armed and was able to defend himself. More and more Americans are arming up in public, and not only saving their own lives, but the lives of others.

    4. Dangerous dogs have zero rights, breed has propensity for attacks without provocation. Shooting it was humane thing to do. Breeders need to stop producing theses dogs which are wolf’s in wolf’s clothing.

    5. I support the killing of the dog in the article that attacked and was killed – but the individual posting as “Nottinghill” is deranged …

    6. As a CCW holder, my personal policy on vicious dogs is “a vicious dog’s life is not worth even a torn pants leg”. Allowing a vicious dog — like a pit bull — to run loose is as reckless as allowing a retarded child to run up and down the street with a machete. The owner should be citied for reckless endangerment and sued. I will if it ever happens to me —after I’ve shot the dog.

      And for those pit bull whisperers suffering from “lion tamer syndrome”, you’ll have to talk to the hand because you need professional help and are just as much of a danger to your neighbors as your vicious dog.

    7. Take a pill then a nap Bob.
      The dog was shot after the bite; and what was the gun owners part in the attack?
      By your logic we can go around shooting things after a crime is committed.

      1. You weren’t there, Perry Mason. What if that vicious dog charged after a groups of kids? It sounds like the shooter did the right thing. The dog signed its death warrant with the attack.

      2. Maybe you should stop taking pills. I would have shot the dog before he bit me if I was threatened with a CCW or not. I’ll back anyone who has to. Even if it’s darn dachshund. You want pets train them. Care for them properly as you would any living being to not do so is negligent. Meaning you should not have had the animal in the first place.

        Remember… they are not toys and they are not always harmless!

        (Personally I’m against people owning pets because the majority are neglected terribly. If hunted for food or threatening in behavior it becomes game.)

        1. I support the killing of the dog in the article that attacked and was killed – but the individual posting as “Nottinghill” is deranged.

      3. @carter, you can go around shooting things after a crime is committed, even humans, as long as the threat of death or severe bodily injury remains. The pivotal concept is a reasonable belief that imminent threat of death or great bodily injury remans. It does not matter if that reasonable belief occurs before, during, or after a crime occurs.
        And I believe that Perry Mason or more properly Paul H. Robbinson would agree with me.

      4. after BITES (plural) and the dog continued in its very aggressive behaviour such that not even its owner (I won’t cll him the dig’s “master” because it seems the dog was the master of the human responsible for him) was unable to get the dog to cease his attack. Multiple bites already suffered, dog continuing its attack, hiw Wife nearby and likely the dog’s second victim….

        what ARE you on about, man? That dog should never have been outside the owners fenced yard. Once showing aggression of that order the dog is dead meat on four legs. In my state we have “stock laws” that allow anyone to shoot or otherwise kill any dog even harrassing livestock. If your teacup poodle is chasing my chickens in my backyard for sport, I have every right to shoot him dead on the spot. And I do not even need to report the fact. How much more proper is it for a man to shoot a large strong dog which has already bitten him multiple times and seems intent on finishing what he started? I’m not Captain Hook, waiting for that gator to come back and finish me off.
        I hope the owner is cited for maintaining a dangerous animal, AND is held to be civilly liable for damages, both the immediate costs of hospital and the pain and suffering, lost work, recovery time, etc inflicted by his callous irresponsibility. And some people claim gun owners need to carry liabilty insurance. How’s about dog owners too?

        1. The Dog’s owner is in this case the culprit. He as an owner is responsible to keep the dog under control.
          The dog should have been on a 6 foot leash.

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