Onslow County Deputy Attacked By Pit Bulls

A local deputy is recovering right now after being attacked by two Pit Bulls this morning.

Authorities tell us Onslow County deputy Dwane Wade was leaving his house on Verona Road for work when he heard his dog barking in the backyard. That's when two Pit Bulls attacked him. Wade was able to free one of his hands and shoot one dog, the other fled.

Wade sustained minor injuries, while his dog is recovering as well.

Right now he's in contact with the owner of the Pit Bulls. There's no word yet on what's going to happen to the two dogs.


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  • by citizen_east Location: DownEast,NC on Jan 4, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    I adopted a Jack Russell from Onslow County Animal Shelter, while there a Marine was "retrieving" his pit; to say the least the treatment that the dog was receiving was NOT the treatment that your typical dog owner would give a dog. The employees of OCAS were up in arms about the way the OWNER was treating the dog. The & I say this with tongue in check (I have a 3 yr old) ‘poor’ thing was being treated. I don't like Pits. Never have/never will. Doesn't matter where you are if you are a LEO or have a Concealed Carry, you shoot a Pit on your property, LEO's are NOT going to lock you up. I know several yrs ago, there was a small child in Craven County that was mauled and they only way he could think to get away from the Pit was to get to the trampoline, too high up for the Pit to get him. It is sad to read some of the comments that are on this blog. Pits are now being trained by the drug dealers to attack LEO's on drug raids. Now, what does that say for the breed/owners?
  • by Narrow minded Location: Vanceboro on Jan 2, 2009 at 12:45 AM
    I have heard many horror stories about Pitt Bull dogs. I personally know of one unprovoked attack by someone on public property (a store attacked by 2 Pitt Bulldogs. It was my son-in-law and he had a witness who helped get the dogs off. The dogs lived near by in a trailor park where many children play. It seems that Pitt Bulldogs were bred to fight. ( I said seems) They do this well and being strong they are capable of mauling and killing. I would not want to own an animal with this reputation. I think owning such an animal shows a character flaw in the owners. They're willing to risk my safety my childrens and theirs rather than choosing a dog with a more people friendly reputation.
  • by people and their dogs on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    the deputy didnt do anything wrong, but the owner is at fault for letting his dogs run free. he cost one of his dogs its life. that also goes for anyone who lets their dog run free in the road to get hit by cars. people get so angry when someone runs over their dog, but whats a dog doing in the road? the owners are responsible for the lives of their pets and need to keep pets on leashes, chains, or behind fences. all kinds of animals attack for various reasons and not everyone knows the things that might make animals feel threatened enough to attack, so its best to keep the animals in a place where they themselves feel safe and secure.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    There is a simple way of handling dog bite problems. If it attacks. Put it down.
  • by Lt. Remington Location: US Army on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    DOG STORY - Wolfgang is right STUBBY an Americian Pit Bull Terrier. Of the 102nd infantry in WW1 Is the most decorated war dog in US Military history. Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale of the men. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the frontline trenches. After being gassed by the Germans himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in no man's land, and — since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was even solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. Stubby was the only dog to ever get to the rank of SERGEANT. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He also met President
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    DOG MAN - I didn't know what to think about you talking about chihuahua's but I finally just gave in and laughed out loud. You are so right in your assessment. That fits mine to a T.
  • by Mandy Location: Eastern Carolina on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    Obama Snake oil, as a kid we had a golden retriever terrorize the neighborhood. It severly bit several kids before it was destroyed. Also, my sister in Indiana recently had a neighborhood kid mauled by a golden retriever and needed $70,000 surgery. Does that mean all goldens are dangerous? Nope. All these little anecdotal stories dont mean squat. Perception isnt always reality. The real stats count and looking at a broader view like the comprehensive study I just posted. It explains why there are more dog bites by pit bulls, why it doesnt mean the breed is more dangerous, and why focusing on the breed is a detriment to public safety. Its good reading!!!!!!! http://74.125.45.132/search?q=cache:3ETXfcU1KmYJ:www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/dogbite.pdf avma dog bite&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us Did you know Pit Bulls scored higher than Goldens on the American Temperment Test? www.atts.org Challenge your perception. Pit bulls have been a family dog for a long time-you hear stories like this due to the fact they are a fad breed for idiot owners. What breed will be next?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Well folks, let me clarify a very important point. I had a rotweiler for many years. I took him to a trainer after I determined I could not handle him in a "reponsible" way. I now have had Golden Retrievers for many years and didn't have them trained as they were easier to deal with. Why is that important? You are all assuming that people are "responsible". Well, they are not. That was easily determined when the pit bull that was free in the neighborhood attacked my widowed neighbors poodle and destroyed it before her eyes. She couldn't stop it either. How many times has witn posted pitbull attacks on this site over the past year?
  • by To XXX Location: WITN on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    XXX- Stories don't disappear unless they are dated however when new stories come along, old ones get pushed back. This Pit Bull story was also posted on Watercooler because people are talking about it and it is still getting a lot of pageviews. You can find virtually any story that has been on the site by using the search button in the top left corner.

    By nature, watercooler stories will stay in the section longer because there aren't as many of them. They start moving down the list when people stop looking at them. Any more questions or issues about this, feel free to e-mail me at chris.mossman@witn.com

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  • by Mandy Location: Eastern Carolina on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    DOGSBITE.ORG the best source on dog bites? Good grief. That is the biggest joke. This isnt brain science people, the CDC, AVMA, and nearly evey animal/safety expert agree-ban breeds and another breed takes its place. The netherlands banned pit bulls 15 years ago and just lifted their ban because IT DID NOTHING TO PREVENT DOG BITES. England is in the process of removing their ban. If you want to look at scientific studies and not a bunch of emotional/hysterical reactions, check out the comprehensive study done by the CDC, AVMA, pediatric doctors and State Farm-it concluded Breed Specific Legilation is not effective and may be detrimental to public safety by taking resources from the REAL problem-owners and overpopulation. http://74.125.45.132/search?q=cache:3ETXfcU1KmYJ:www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/dogbite.pdf avma dog bite&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us
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