North Augusta police officer shoots aggressive pit bull

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 10:38 PM
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A North Augusta Public Safety officer shot a pit bull after it charged a 74-year-old woman who was walking her dog through a residential neighborhood Thursday.

A woman whose cat was cornered in a tree by a white pit bull called police to her home in the 100 block of Oakland Drive. Officer Michael Strauss responded at about 4:15 p.m.

The pit bull is owned by Antoinette Mealing, who also lives in the 100 block of the street, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

The cat owner was distraught and crying, Strauss wrote in the report. She told police that she tried to help her cat out of the tree when the dog approached “aggressively” and “in a threatening manner.” She took cover in her car and called police, according to the report.

By the time Strauss arrived, the dog had taken off. He told the woman he needed to find and secure the dog. He got into his vehicle when he spotted the dog down the street through the passenger-side mirror.

When the officer started his vehicle, the dog took off in a full sprint toward Sharron Edwards, 74, who was walking her small, black dog on the opposite side of the street, according to the report.

Strauss drove his vehicle between Edwards and the dog, but the pit bull ran around toward Edwards. Its hair stood up on the back of its neck, and the dog was showing its teeth and growling.

“The dog was clearly attempting to injure the small black dog,” Strauss wrote in the report.

Edwards moved to avoid being bit, and the officer yelled, “No!” while grabbing the pit bull by the collar to allow Edwards to get away.

The dog then turned its head, showed its teeth and opened its mouth, according to the report. Strauss let go of the dog and fired one shot into its back. It retreated into the woods and Strauss notified the public safety office of the incident.

Edwards was not injured. The pit bull, which did not have proper identification on its collar, was taken to emergency care. Its condition is unknown.

Charges are pending following further investigation, according to the North Augusta Public Safety office.

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ken8375309
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ken8375309 01/05/12 - 11:09 pm
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Owners of Pit Bulls, American

Owners of Pit Bulls, American Bulldogs, or any variation/mix of the breed should be required to register and microchip these dogs and carry mandatory liability insurance of at least a half million dollars..

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 01/05/12 - 11:23 pm
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ken8375309, a lot of people
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ken8375309, a lot of people don't want to hear that. They will say it is all about how they were raised and it is the owner's fault. BALDERDASH!! This breed is capable of killing a human and is very unpredictable due to poor breeding practices. While many are loving, docile pets; too many have exhibited hostile tendencies. They are not Chihuahuas.....

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/12 - 11:35 pm
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trial lawyers ought to be

trial lawyers ought to be microchipped too

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 11:55 pm
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"Its hair stood up on the

"Its hair stood up on the back of its neck, and the dog was showing its teeth and growing."

Growing? Plus, how do you know the hair stood up on the back of its neck? This is hilarious reporting that reads like a poor attempt at a short story. How do you know things happened as you described without being there? But don't feel bad, some of my comments sound like stories at times, too.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/06/12 - 12:41 am
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Riverman, I will give you the

Riverman, I will give you the growing instead of growling but come one now, the article says all of those comments came out of the report. The Public Safety officer was being as detailed as possible to ensure he covers himself - many people care for animals more than they do for people, especially police officers who are forced to shoot them in order to protect their selves or others.

Great Job Officer, glad you and others walked away uninjured.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/06/12 - 02:02 am
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Knee jerk reaction. It's not
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Knee jerk reaction. It's not the breed it's the owner. I have seen german shepherds and labs and chows and numerous other breeds that are vicious not because of the breed but because the owners make them that way.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/06/12 - 02:04 am
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Knee jerk reaction. It's not
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Knee jerk reaction. It's not the breed it's the owner. I have seen german shepherds and labs and chows and numerous other breeds that are vicious not because of the breed but because the owners make them that way.

Ole School
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Ole School 01/06/12 - 06:53 am
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HAIR ON ITS BACK STANDING UP

HAIR ON ITS BACK STANDING UP ? lord yes, YOU CAN SEE IT ! and I am a dog lover but anyone who has not seen this action consider yourself lucky , I have been attacked by a friends pit , and they like any other breed of dog , when the hair is standing up they will not back down...... I hope the dog made it but the Officer did the right thing !

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 07:33 am
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AsItIsinAug, when have you

AsItIsinAug, when have you ever seen a news story written this way?

"He got into his vehicle when he spotted the dog down the street through the passenger-side mirror."

Those quotes are mine, not the reporter's. If you want to publish a subjective police report as a news story, just publish the whole thing.

I'm surprised this thing didn't say, "He had mixed emotions as he aimed the pistol at the dog with hair standing up on its neck and angry eyes, while realizing this dog belonged to someone who loved it as he felt the cold steel pointing at this warm blooded living being. He wondered how the owner would feel as he slowly pulled the trigger."

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 01/06/12 - 07:38 am
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What am I doing reading a

What am I doing reading a story about a dog getting shot? I need to get a life.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/06/12 - 07:43 am
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Happy Friday Riverman, I had

Happy Friday Riverman, I had to laugh because I had a little trouble with some of the wording myself......I am glad that all parties involved were not injured, it could have been a lot worse. We had a pit that was a big baby but when our grandchildren were born he started to act really jealous so we gave him to a good home with no small children. You just never know and we did not want to take any chances of something happening.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 07:51 am
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Hey, Stillamazed. I hope I

Hey, Stillamazed. I hope I don't sound like I'm being too hard on Kelly Jasper, the reporter, but it is simply hilarious the way it's written. Ms Jasper is an excellent religion reporter, but she doesn't usually do these type stories. Maybe that's the reason it came out so bizarre.

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David Parker 01/06/12 - 08:23 am
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I figure, you guess wrong w/

I figure, you guess wrong w/ a Pit and he clamps down, you don't get back what got bit. Good onya Ofc. but yes, the report reads like "Drama in Real Life" ala Reader's Digest.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 08:57 am
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Haha, on the comment that got

Haha, on the comment that got pulled. When is the last time the way a story was written has generated so much interest? This thing could go national.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 09:01 am
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I'd love to see Mary Ditz

I'd love to see Mary Ditz read this story verbatim.

playlikethunder
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playlikethunder 01/06/12 - 09:25 am
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if you can't read into the
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if you can't read into the story what the writer was trying to say , perhaps a little less "wit" and a little more "lit" might be in order.
Posting that story should point to the fact that it's past time for these unstable ,potentionally dangerous dogs to be banned....too many examples like this exist, in fact see today's AJC for one on the aftermath of a little girl losing her arm.These dogs do not have the temperment to be docile pets.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/06/12 - 09:44 am
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clever use of rhyming HAH

clever use of rhyming HAH

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/06/12 - 10:32 am
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Not to hard

Not to hard Riverman....obviously we all got a kick out of it. Way to start a Friday with a good laugh, hopefully the whole day will be like this. Have a great weekend.

FoxRox
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FoxRox 01/06/12 - 12:22 pm
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Okay, maybe it's just me

Okay, maybe it's just me because I AM a dog lover, but does anyone else see a problem with an officer firing a weapon on a public street with other people nearby?? Austin, where are you on this one? Remember Reuben? He was the golden retriever in Columbia County that was gunned down in cold blood in his own driveway by a deputy who could've done MANY things besides firing a weapon not only killing an innocent dog but endangering other people in the area. This officer could've kicked the dog, used pepper spray, used his billy club, something without firing a gun. ALL dogs will act aggressively when manhandled under stress, but that is no reason to pull a gun and kill it.

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InChristLove 01/06/12 - 12:36 pm
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I'm an animal lover but what

I'm an animal lover but what if instead of this 74 year elderly woman, it had been your 5 year old child this dog charged at? Would you be telling the officer, don't shoot it, just kick the dog. Heck no, I trust a LEO to be accurate in his aim and a wounded dog is more dangerous so he did the right thing.

Kelly Jasper
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Kelly Jasper 01/06/12 - 12:47 pm
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Asitisinaug, you are correct

Asitisinaug, you are correct that each detail and description came from the officer's report. In what was a lengthy and involved incident, it seemed using the officer's own words would be the most fair and accurate way to describe what happened. Thank you, Riverman, for kind words about my religion reporting work. But I wiill say that several of us reporters routinely write cops articles and briefs, and have for some time.

God save America
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God save America 01/06/12 - 01:06 pm
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if this lady had loved her

if this lady had loved her dog she would have put the dog in a cage or fixed something to keep the dog from getting lose . the officer had no choice but to shoot the dog. how many times have you heard of pit bulls killing small children and adults. in ever court the owner of the pit bull is charged and fined. they have to pay the doctors for the treatment of the victim.

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Irksme 01/06/12 - 01:11 pm
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I liked the story and the way

I liked the story and the way it was written. As a former police officer I can explain that we were taught to write in chronilogical story-form as to best relay the information, and paint a picture for the reader. One of the main reasons was for future recollection of the incident, especially once somebody decides to take civil action against you a year or so down the road when the details have faded in your memory. It's easy to forget details over time, and forget what some of the circumstances were at the time of the incident, especially for a cop who rides dozens of calls every shift. One of the first questions from any attorney in open court will be, "So officer. Would your recollection of this incident be better today, or the day that your report was written?" Write a good report and let that speak for itself.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 01/06/12 - 01:47 pm
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It's easy to second-guess

It's easy to second-guess officers (and reporters, too, for that matter). But if he DIDN'T shoot the dog, and the dog mauled the lady, then he'd be catching grief for not protecting her. He was brave to grab a pit bull by the collar. Not everyone would do that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 02:19 pm
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Kelly, maybe it was just me.

Kelly, maybe it was just me. It came across in a way I'm not used to reading news reports. Maybe my bad. Thanks for explaining.

eagle
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eagle 01/06/12 - 03:55 pm
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Pit bulls shouldn't be
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Pit bulls shouldn't be registered, but their owners should...especially if they neglect their animal or allow it to run through the neighborhood. Most any animal can be agressive if allowed. I've owned pits and rotts and never had a problem with either. However, they were always treated well and NEVER allowed to run the streets. The officer did what he had to do. I hope the owner has a big fine coming!!!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/06/12 - 04:57 pm
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Rob Pavey, when I read the

Rob Pavey, when I read the story, I was struck by how brave he was to grab the dog by the collar too.

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sand gnat 01/06/12 - 09:42 pm
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Dogs go after dogs all the

Dogs go after dogs all the time. The cop overstepped on this one. Pretty stupid too. Hopefully, he will man up and pay the vet bills.

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Bruno 01/06/12 - 10:07 pm
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Why would the cop pay the vet

Why would the cop pay the vet bills for an unlicensed and loose dog menacing people and other animals in the neighborhood? If anything I would have the cop at the gun range more often so he wouldn't simply wound the animal next time.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/07/12 - 04:51 am
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Excellent comments Rob - you

Excellent comments Rob - you are dead on....

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