Police Tase Aggressive Dog in Claremont

by ARLnow.com February 14, 2011 at 10:11 am 2,430 35 Comments

A pit bull that attacked a pet sitter and then went after another dog was Tasered by police Friday evening.

Police were called to a home on the 2400 block of South Dinwiddie Street in Claremont for a report of a man being attacked by a dog. By the time officers arrived, just after 5:30 p.m., the dog was no longer attacking the man. Instead, it had another pit bull by the throat.

An officer attempted to separate the two dogs. When those attempts were unsuccessful, the officer used a Taser on the aggressive dog, according to police spokesperson Det. Crystal Nosal.

The man, who had been hired to watch over the two dogs, was injured and required medical attention. The pit bulls were taken to an emergency veterinarian.

  • Overgrown Bush

    Kudos to the police officer for not shooting the dog, which we’ve seen with DC cops.

    • Clarendoggy

      Amen to that !

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        • Dan


    • Burger

      So it is okay for dogs to attack people? that is the only conclusion I can come up with regarding this statement.

      Don’t get me wrong I feel for that dog and the people that poorly trained it but it is better off being destroyed then wounding a 6 year old.

      • Overgrown Bush

        And you picked up a 6-year old being wounded where?

    • Of course, it just delays the end, since hopefully this dog is put down in the next couple of weeks….

    • mehoo

      Looks like school’s out early today.

  • a dog

    Don’t tase me, bro!

  • Al

    Great job Arlington Police Officer for not shooting the dog and for attempting to separate the dogs on your own. It was probably somewhat frightening and you are to be commended for using an appropriate measure of force.

    Hope any injuries are minor for you and the person and hope the two dogs can heal quickly.

    • Truthi

      The cop should have shot the dog and not put himself at risk. Pit bulls have no reason to be in Arlington.

      • Sam

        Neither do idiots; but we have a lot of those.

  • el fat kid

    why is it that no matter how loved, trained, etc. a dog is… it’s almost always pit bulls involved in this kind of crap?

    • Ben

      I don’t see anything written above that states anything about how “loved, trained, etc.” the dogs were.

    • Overgrown Bush

      Pits are an aggressive breed, regardless of training. Instinct takes over. The owners are usually to blame for not handling the dog properly to minimize risk. I don’t know this situation here, and am not blaming the owner, but usually handling your dog properly eliminates these kinds of things regardless of breed.

    • Al

      It’s not – if the dog looks muscular, has a short snout and in any way resembles any of the “bully breeds” – it’s called a pit bull. And it makes the news. But the dog bites from aggressive chihuahuas don’t make the news as they may not do as much damage.

      Ever had a little ticked off chihuahua chomp on a big toe? No fun.

      • MIchael H.

        I once lived in a house where the landlady had a pack of crazed chihuahuas. They were annoying as heck. Their heads were so small that they couldn’t actually bite but they would jump up and scratch away with their claws. Not enough to hurt but they did leave scratch marks.

        One day, one of those insane canines had a free shot at me. He came rushing full-bore at me, on the attack. But again, since his head was so small, he couldn’t bite me. Instead, he ended up head-butting me on my leg. He stunned himself and then slinked off. I was partly aggravated, partly amused. I didn’t move one bit. I didn’t kick the dog. He must have given himself a concussion all by himself. LOL (True story.)

        • Al

          That’s funny!

    • SouthArlJD

      The story says there was another pit bull at the scene. Sounds like a territorial aggression type thing. The man might have been injured because the dog was trying to get at the other dog. We used to always have dogs when I was a kid. When breeds that were bred for aggression like pit bulls (or in my case, Doberman Pinschers), it’s unreasonable to expect them not to open a can of whup-ass on any dog encroaching on their territory. I had to be hospitalized once after being pulled down into a fight between our own dogs who were a mix of Dobie/German Shepard. One of them died of its injuries and I have scars on every limb and my hand, which was bitten clean through by a beloved pet who probably meant me no harm.

      Dogs are animals and they have animal instincts.

      • Burger

        Exactly! People are trying to instill human values into things that can’t even tell the difference b/n when I leave the house for 2 minutes or 2 days.

        • Overgrown Bush

          We are talking about a dog, not a fish. You’ve clearly never owned the former and hopefully not the later either.

    • Truthi

      Pit bulls are an aggressive and unpredictable breed.

      • Sam

        Really, then why didn’t any of the “Little Rascals” cast ever get attacked or bitten in all those years?

    • dog owner

      because lazy journalists only report dog bites if it’s a “pit bull”

    • Lick my arlington ballz

      pitbulls do suck

  • local

    Clearly the county hates cars and dogs.

  • Shane

    This is about lazy Animal Welfare League officers. They are so focused on allowing free rein to dog owners throughout the county, that they neglect to follow through on their contractual obligations with the County to enforce County ordinances on animal control and safety.

    If a neglectful pit bull owner sees dog after dog after dog roaming off leash in non-dog parks throughout the County, then of course he’s going to figure the Animal Welfare types have other things to do than enforce restrictions on his dog. And then his dog attacks a pet sitter, and then another pit bull, and there you go.

    • Shane

      Oh, and let’s not forget that the Animal Welfare League of Arlington can’t enforce the leash laws, because that will offend the very people who donate to it and support its mission as a nonprofit. Despite the detail of a contractual agreement with the County to enforce said leash law.

      • Al

        Your comments are just so dumb I don’t even know why I’m bothering to reply.

        Until you’re in their shoes and see how often the AWLA folks are called to pick up your neighbor’s dead squirrel, pick up the injured bird in your other neighbor’s yard, run across the county to locate the stray dog someone dumped by the side of the road, counsel the idiots who leave their pets outside in the freezing temperatures tied to a tree with no shelter, then run across the county again because someone is ABSOLUTELY SURE they saw a cougar in their backyard (and it’s a yellow and orange cat) then you should reserve your criticism for the morons who allow their dogs to roam free.

        Blaming the very few paid individuals who work at the shelter for something like this is just dumb. On top of it saying that they wouldn’t enforce the rules because it would hurt their donations is also just dumb.

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  • kay

    typo at end fyi – pit bills

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  • Overgrown Bush

    The difference between Arlington Cops and DC Cops: Arlington cops use necessary force only and are somewhat compassionate. DC cops use any excuse to brandish a gun and shoot something.


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