Dog Killed By Deputies After Biting Six-Year-Old

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

It was about 9:30 a.m. Sunday when Sergeant Jeff Weiss received a phone call that a six-year-old boy was bitten by a dog in Stockbridge Township while riding bikes with his brother.

"At the house of the complaint, we found a six-year-old had been bitten by a pit bull in the lower leg," said Weiss. "The child's grandmother is a medical professional. She had treated the wound already."

When it was found the boy would be okay, his grandmother then told the two deputies where her grandson was when he was bitten. About a quarter-mile down from her home on Chapman road. It was there that police found the dog.

"The dog was loose. It was not chained up or contained in any way," said Weiss.

According to Sergeant Weiss, no one was home at the time and the dog continued to act aggressively toward him and the other deputy.

"Barking, growling, baring it's teeth and charging at myself and the other deputy," said Weiss. "Because of the public threat and because it had already bitten a boy, it was shot and killed."

We were able to speak with relatives of the dog owner, who said his name is Juan Sanchez.
They said Sanchez was sad when he found his dog's body, but understood why deputies had to shoot him. The relatives also said they had had no issues with the dog before and that he should have been chained up.

Sergeant Weiss says this could have all been avoided.

"Usually, homeowners keep them contained either in a fenced yard or they are tethered to something stationary, where they are not able to roam free," said Weiss.

Weiss said he will go to the home where the dog was found, Monday, with animal control.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 5, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    I don't think that the police officers shot the dog just because it was a pitbull. It was a good sized, muscular dog that was threatening them regardless of breed. A small dog can be easily injured with a good hard kick. A larger dog, not so much. I have a large dog and if it bit a child it would be history. My dog is part of the family but it is still a DOG.
  • by Greg Location: Mason on Oct 5, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    There is a pic of a Pitbull, but nowhere in the story does it tell the breed. Pit bulls are very territorial and consider wherever they are standing their territory. They were originally bred to fight...Period. With that said I have read stories where other breeds have killed/bitten as well. I once heard that a Great Dane killed and ATE an infant while the parents slept...could be an Urban Legend, but who knows? My point is that every breed has the capacity to kill and at one point of time in Earth's history there were no domesticated animals.
  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    @Anonymous 10/1: LOVE IT! I know the dealer next door to me has one AND it has charged at me getting out of my car. The breed IS inherently aggressive. It CAN be a great dog when raised properly. Unfortunately, a majority of the people who own this breed are NOT the sort who should have them.
  • by Mara Location: Lansing on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    The police officer who had to shoot that viscious dog not only had more than enough justification to do so, but would have been derilect in his duty NOT to shoot that dog! What are some people thinking, to even consider that a dog that has attacked a child should be allowed to roam?
  • by Trina Location: East Lansing on Oct 3, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    Laurel, The dog was not under the owner's control. That's the problem. End of story. by Laurel Hills on Oct 1, 2012 at 07:56 AM So this story bothered me and I would like details about why the boy was bitten, the dog was not on the boys property nor did it seek him out. He was in his own yard and then the police officers went to the property and probably stood at a distance on the dogs property and posed a threat to the dog, any dog would do the same thing no matter what the breed. Why did you not call animal control to make the decision about putting the dog to his death are you kidding me. It is in my opinion that the dog posed no threat to anyone but unfortunately he cannot defend himself now can he. My question is did the boy do something to make the dog angry? Did the dog leave the yard or was he in his own yard, dogs do not need to be tethered or bound to be outside in there own yard. Maybe they had invisible fencing? maybe the boy went into the yard? What is the story from the other boy present? This was handled wrong from the details reported The officer is an expert on animal behavior, or was the dog guilty because he was a pit bull?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 at 09:45 AM
    @Jason-great point and let's hope the child is OK! @ Jerry-I'd much rather get bitten/attacked by a Chihuahua than a Pit Bull/American Staffordshire Terrier any day of the week.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 at 02:23 AM
    "...tethered to something stationery" - Like what, a pencil? Great proofreading.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM
    Wow, glad to see everyone here is concerned about the kid who got bitten. I can tell everybody has their priorities straight.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM
    @Jerry: It does not take a rocket scientist to observe when a dog is being aggressive, regardless of the breed. While walking in my old neighborhood one day I was chased down the street by a random pit bull that appeared from a back yard. I highly doubt that him chasing me back to my house, then breaking my screen door attempting to get inside was his way of "making friends." My only regret that day is that I inadvertently left my pistol at home.
  • by Jerry Davids Location: Lansing, Mi on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    See that comment from anonymous is exactly the type of person my original comment was directed towards. Do go along with other stereotypes too? Pitbulls are amazing animals when raised correctly by an educated owner. Did you know studies show chihuahuas are more aggressive than pitbulls and rottweilers? Would you hate the dog less if it was called by its real name? -- since most of the public is so uneducated a "Pitbull" is actually an American Stafford-shire terrier. Do research about the breed before you judge them. P.S. The pitbull is still the highest decorated military dog as well. Research Sgt. Stubby.
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