Pit bull shot and killed outside ownera s home

Apr 30, 2010 Full story: Charlotte.com 24

A Cabarrus County animal control officer shot and killed a family's pit bull in the Ridge Crossing subdivision off Pitt School Road Thursday night after a caller said the dog had pinned her and her son and they couldn't get free.

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Citizen distrust

Sharpsburg, GA

#21 Jun 2, 2010
Amazed wrote:
I am really shocked at the lack of support for our officers. Most of you throwing this officer under the bus have no idea what the men and women go through on a daily/nightly basis. It was a tough call and he made it on his own. He weighed his options and made the best decision he could in this situation. It is unfortunate that family pet was taken but that was the officer's best options. To the officer that made this call, I support you and the rest of our officers. Thank you.
Sean Austin is hardly 'OFFICER' material.He exhibited his decision making abilities and they were wrong. And please tell us precisely what these men and women go through in their daily activities that are any worse than any other job. Chasing dogs? Writing speeding tickets? Tasing people in tree stands and paralyzing them? Polishing your lieing tactics? The hardest part of being a cop is carrying that HUGE chip around on their shoulder. They are the ones that instigate the adrenalin rush in nearly ALL of their encounters. Get your head out of the 'made for television' garbage like "COPS" and realize this mess isn't for entertainment. It's people's lives that are ruined because of the poor judgement and bad attitudes displayed by these high level incompentent 'public servants."

People like Sean Austin and April Samples should be lose their jobs. Sean simply because he's incompetent, April because she is a liar and grossly violates her oath of office.
Hi There

Mooresville, NC

#22 Jun 10, 2010
Citizen distrust wrote:
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People like Sean Austin and April Samples should be lose their jobs. Sean simply because he's incompetent, April because she is a liar and grossly violates her oath of office.
You call Samples a liar, state your case. She answered a call to a neighbor needing help, then tried to help corral the dogs for over an hour. The neighbor was pinned in the backyard against a fence with a child and 2 small dogs on leashes by 2 uncollared, unsupervised pits. Sounds like she actually acted like a good neighbor and upheld her oath. Sounds like there were quite a few witnesses both police and non-police that confirmed that the dog snapped at them. Is this what you are saying she is lying about? If so, please state your details.
If you are talking about where the dog owner is charged with issuing a death threat to her, the question a normal person should ask is why was he sitting in her driveway at night when he had no reason to be there? I understand being emotional, but that's stepping over the bounds and doesn't sound like an impulse.
Julia

Rock Hill, SC

#23 Jul 26, 2010
I read where many of you write "what if the dog had been left to run around and mauled some child".... where are the posts "what if the dog had been left to run around while the other dog (that had been captured already) was scanned for a microchip (which it had) and the owners were called to come retrieve their other dog and perhaps all the SHERRIFFS OFFICERS could have been allowed to leave the scene to do their job of protecting our citizens while the Animal Control officer stayed and waited for the owners to get there and retrieve Bella thereby doing HIS job of protecting the ANIMAL. What if that had happened and No Child was Mauled and NO dog was shot in the back while fleeing from several scary officers with guns and poles... what if THAT had happened?... we can "what if" this situation to death.

The FACTS are simple:
***The dog was in a fenced in back yard, was microchipped and NON-AGGRESSIVE... ACCIDENTS HAPPEN WITH DOGS - these dogs saw an opportunity to escape and an adventure with new sights, sounds, smells and took it
***A concerned citizen, not knowing Bella's demeanor was frightened and called A/C.
***An UNTRAINED, HEARTLESS, UNPROFESSIONAL, IMPATIENT officer spent over 40 minutes trying to catch the dog, did not think things thru (think to scan the other dog) and jumped the gun (quite literally) and SHOT A DOG that was FLEEING FROM HIM - Had she truly been aggressive NOONE would blame (not even Bella's owners) for her being tasered or netted, they have a young child, had she been aggressively cornered in a yard, they would have wanted the aggressive dog captured and euthenized- but this is NOT what happened - there was no real fear (like the one poster said, why did they wait 40+ minutes to shoot this so called aggressive dog, had she been aggressive she should have been shot immediately..right? what if she had mauled someone during the 40+ minute half-cocked attempt to catch her?), there was however un-educated, ill-informed, pit haters with a quick trigger that made a huge mistake!

And THOSE are facts.

Should Jeff/Jessica have been fined for the dog running escaping while they had dinner?- Probably
Should Jaxson (the other pit) have been scanned and Jeff/Jessica been called to retrieve their DOGS?- YES!
Should the A/C officer keep his job - YES, should he have been reprimanded? YES, should he be allowed to go on calls - NOT UNTIL HE IS PROPERLY TRAINED ON TASER GUNS, NET GUNS AND THE MOST REASONABLE COMPASSIONATE MEANS OF CAPTUREING AN ANIMAL - ANY ANIMAL!!!

And those are my opinions....
Breanna

Glendale, AZ

#24 Dec 6, 2010
Jasmine Conell wrote:
To the officer who did his job THANK YOU for protecting us and our kids and other pets. Sad to see an animal killed but if this dog is loose who knows what the result can be. People who own pitbulls put themselves in this situation as these dogs are too strong so if/when they act aggressive it is too dangerous. This officer deserves a Letter of Commendation in his file. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
This would be a different story if Bella (the pit bull) HAD been aggressive, but you have CLEARLY not educated yourself in this story if you are praising the officer who shot Bella. In a video recorded by the dogs owners, the officer admitted himself that Bella had not ONCE shown any aggression toward anyone, and that he shot her because he did not want to waste any more time trying to catch her (after only 20 minutes).

I have a lot of compassion for people who have children attack and/or killed by aggressive pit bulls, but I have NO compassion for anyone that ruthlessly kills a sweet dog that grew up around children and loved them as much as they loved her. This officer shot and killed a scared, retreating dog in front of CHILDREN, and then later acted rudely and uncompassionately towards the dogs owner, and not once apologizing for his cruelnes.

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