Police Shoot Agressive Dogs

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

There was quite a mess to cleanup after Lansing Police officers shot and killed two pitbulls Wednesday morning just next door to Forest View Elementary.

"There was a blood trail where they dragged the dog across the playground," said groundsperson Perry Jennings.

Police say two pitbulls got into this yard and attacked a husky. Tonja Owens and Samantha Miller saw it all happen.

"It couldn't get away cause it was chained up, so we all tried to throw snowballs to distract the dogs so it would leave the other dog alone, it worked a few times but they just went right back," said Owens.

"The lighter brown one had it by its throat and the darker brown one had it by its tail," said Miller.

Afraid to walk her son to school, Owens called 9-1-1. Two Lansing police officers responded. And Lt. Noel Garcia says the pitbulls acted agressively.

"The other dog was coming toward the officer, and at the same time was trying to get through an opening in the fence that would have led to the school," said Garcia.

Now we did talk with two other witnesses. They didn't want to be on camera but were furious the officers shot the dogs. One said it was unwarranted that the dogs were contained on this side of the fence, and could have easily been controled another way.

Officers fired six shots. Owens and Miller say they did the right thing.

"They could jump the fence if they wanted to," said Owens.

"They saved anybody else from getting hurt or any kids, especially with it being right next to a school," said Miller.

Police say they made sure they wouldn't be shooting in the direction of the school, and say no students were outside at the time.

Animal control took the husky to a vet to try to save it, but the injuries were too severe and the dog had to be put down.

The owner of the pitbull was notified of the incident and ticketed for not having the dogs detained.

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