Police charge owner of pit bull killed by police officer in Lebanon

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Police have identified and charged the owner of the pit-bull killed by an officer in December.  Police have charged Christine Webb, 45, from Lebanon, with Dogs Running at Large.

On December 15th, 2012, police say a pit bull charged the officer twice before he shot and killed the dog. It happened in the grassy common area west of the 13th Street parking lot for Brookside Apartments. The officer was responding to a complaint of two dogs running loose behind the Brookside Apartments. The officer spotted the dogs, described as a poodle and a “vicious” pit bull as he walked to the grassy area. According to a press release, when the pit bull saw the officer it bared its teeth and charged him. The officer sidestepped the dog, but when it turned and charged him again, he shot and killed the dog.

14 comments

  • jtrag

    Poor Pitbull… The owner should be shot for making it a vicious dog in the first place. I'm wondering why I never see stories about "Owner of Poodle Arrested" when Poodles are some of the meanest dogs there are. Pitbulls are great dogs when raised/trained properly. Don't let stories like this fool you into believing that all Pitbulls are dangerous/vicious dogs…

    • angelbabyzmama

      Absolutely!! If the charge was "Dogs Running at Large" then the owner of the poodle needs to also be charged. It's so sad that pit bulls constantly get the bad publicity. I often wonder if the pit bulls in some of these incidents really are "vicious" or if the officers use it as a scapegoat because there often aren't any witnesses to these dogs being shot.

    • Rodney67

      Generaly speaking Poodles when they attack they don't kill anyone. If someone is attacked by a Pit bull unless someone helps it ends with someone seriously injured or dead. I personally don't like pit bulls but I believe people can have them. A pit bull owner should be held responsible if their dog attacks someone.

    • Jalonehy

      Poodles are not responsible for over 60 percent of 2012 deaths to humans and the majority of serious maulings.

  • anonymous

    Seems this trigger happy officer has changed his story since the first time it was published…now he says the pit bull bared his teeth and charged him?? Wow, ok Mr. Officer. And of course since it was a pit bull this story is just Oh-so newsworthy…If it had only been a poodle involved in the incident, it never would have made the news. And if this "owner" allowed the dogs to run freely off leashes and in unsupervised areas, then shame on them! And shame on them for being irresponsible dog owners and being part of the problem with the bad rap pit bulls get among society, instead of being responsible and part of the solution!

    • anonymous

      My mistake…I must have been thinking of another similar story in which this happened…As we all know, there are so many stories of "vicious" pit bulls being killed, it's hard to keep them all straight! #sorry

    • Art

      A report on dog shooting will always say something like that. It won't say "I shot the dog because I felt like". Remember that in Oct. 2011, an officer from the same PD walked up to a dog sitting on a porch, provoked it, and then shot.

  • Max

    i notice the usual Pitbull Nutters are posting their usual lies and propaganda. For some real information on Pitbulls, start with the recent study "Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs 2011"

    –> Over a recent 3-year period from January 2006 to March 30, 2009, a total of 98 dog bite fatalities involving 179 dogs occurred; 60% of the deaths were caused by pit bulls, and 76% were caused by pit bulls and Rottweilers. A total of 113 pit bulls were involved in these deaths, and they accounted for 63% of the dogs involved in fatal attacks. If the risk of fatal attack is normalized to Labrador Retrievers and Labrador-mix breeds (the most common registered dog in the United States), the relative risk of death related to pit bull attacks is more than 2500 times higher.

    In one 85-day period from July to September 2008, pit bulls were involved in 127 dog attacks, 57% of which occurred off the owner’s property. In these attacks, 158 people were injured, 63% of them severely; 10% of the victims suffered severed body parts; and 6 victims were killed. 12 In the same period, 128 dangerous pit bulls had to be shot to death by police officers or citizens. A closer look at these figures indicates that 1 person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, a person loses a body part to a pit bull attack every 5.4 days, 2 persons are injured by pit bulls each day, and 1.5 pit bulls are shot to death each day.

    Dog bites are a serious public health concern in the United States and across the world. They result in substantial emotional and physical trauma and in a substantial economic cost to the victims and to society. Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed of dog responsible. The unacceptable actuarial risk associated with certain breeds of dogs (specifically, pit bulls) must be addressed. These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards.

    • sobsister

      So how do you regulate something that cannot be identified? Most short-haired, muscular dogs are called 'pit bulls' if they live in the city. If they are involved in an attack they are most definately called 'pit bills'. But the truth is there is no DNA analysis for this type of dog. Services that do DNA analysis on dogs cannot find any markers for such a breed, and turn up all sorts of things. 25 breeds are commonly mistaken for 'pit bulls'. Yes, there is a type of dog favored and bred for dog fighting with particular traits, but one of those traits is extreme human-friendliness. This is so that the people engaged in this crime are not in any danger. The dog handlers never get biten. Reports of dog attacks, of which statistics are made, are skewed against 'bit bulls'. Today I read a woman in S.Carolina was attacked by pit bulls. The dogs involved did not even pass the 'look like pit bulls test'. Yet this attack will go into the stats.

      You will not register my dog as 'dangerous' based on his looks. Thank God I live in a state that bans breed-specific regulation.

      • Lisbeth

        Dear Sobsister of the Pitty Patties, the only people who can't identify a pit bull seem to be the pit bull fans…except when they want to buy a pit bull, then they know perfectly well what one looks like. Otherwise you would all have ended up with poodles, chihuahuas, and the other breeds you're constantly slandering. Too bad for you that your DNA red herring won't work — courts have already upheld many times that visual identification is enough to determine that a dog is (part) pit. As you well know, except when you're speaking publicly, how else do you know for sure you own a pit bull yourself. The Pitty crowd's attempts to preserve their 'right' to own psycho dogs that so often kill is indeed becoming pitiful.

    • Jalonehy

      Exactly Max. It is so strange that they can forget about the pain and suffering to humans this dog brings. It seems like they would apply their own selfishness to themselves and heed the fact that pitbulls have put more of their owners in prison than any other dog breed.. as owners of this breed always think it can't happen to them..

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