Greenville Man Charged For Shooting A Dog That Attacked Him

Authorities in Greenville have charged a man with shooting a pit bull that attacked him during a Christmas Day argument with a friend.

Police said Friday that 40-year-old Marion Gilbert Allen refused to leave the home of a longtime friend, 31-year-old Joshua Beaver, as an argument between the two devolved into a physical altercation.

Police said Beaver then unleashed his dog, a pit bull, which attacked Allen.

Investigators said Allen ran outside but returned and shot the dog twice.

He faces several charges, including cruelty to animals.

Allen was being treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital for bruises to the face and a cut on his arm.

Authorities did not know the condition of the dog.

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  • by ecumb Location: greenville on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    I'm sorry but when it comes to pit-bulls being dangerous it is not a stereotype it is a fact. It should be illegal to own one at all. I have heard of areas that make it illegal to own pit bulls and I think that needs to happen more often. People only have them as a way to intimidate people and this is just another example of that. However,I don't think the guy should have come back to shoot the dog. I don't care how the pit bull is raised. It can be raised in the nicest most nurturing loving home possible and can still snap and become violent. It's just the nature of that dog. I can't believe people actually feel safe having dogs like that in their homes.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 3, 2009 at 12:40 AM
    To:hahahaha...... I'm glad I could bring you a smile and some joy. I hope I've made you laugh often.... that is my sole intention. ALPHA
  • by Lillie Location: Lucama on Jan 2, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    If things happened the way the neighbor said, and I believe they did, the man who shot the dog should be charged with the most he can be. I don't have a pit, but that is beside the point. This was the pet of the man who lived in the house. With the man and dog in their house, to me that automatically makes the other man at fault. He should have left when he was asked to leave, That would have avoided all of this and probably would have salvaged his friendship also.
  • by "Afraid of Dogs!" Location: Pitt County on Jan 1, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    The man who released his dog on his long time friend should be held accountable.
  • by hahahaha on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    alpha after reading your post i really hate to think of whats in the ones you send that get rejected by the moderator! this gave me a laugh, thanks! also, too bad for the ownder of the house and his dog!
  • by Self Defense Location: Pitt on Dec 31, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    Okay, let's look at the dog being like a gun. The scenario is someone came to MY house and we got into an argument that turned physical, and I told the person to leave MY house and the person refuses to leave MY house. I don't own a pit bull but I do own a gun. If I am in MY home, I have the right to protect myself from harm. Don't beware of dog, beware of owner with a gun.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:50 PM
  • by neighbor Location: a few doors down on Dec 31, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    WOW! it's truly amazing how this story evolved by people's translations of a very brief news story. I am a neighbor of Beaver, who is a super nice guy and he has, rather had, a sweet and loyal K9. There were times when my mini schnauzer would run up to the pit bull and the pit was very friendly. The dog WAS NOT chained contrary to assumptions made on this board. The guest was asked repeatedly to leave and repeatedly kept attacking the resident. Only after several attmepts to end the altercation and warnings was the dog let out to protect. the guest did go to his car and retreive two guns and after another altercation between the guest and resident did the dog attack. the resident was actually trying to leave his own residence when the dog was shot once, which did not kill the dog. the dog was shot a second time to put it out of misery. Beaver was the victim here, he tried to end the altercation, he tried to get the guest to leave and to make matters worse he lost his best friend on xmas
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 31, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    Alpha; Your post is there. Just in case you don't know, as it was explained to me: the closer it is to a live broadcast in the newsroom the longer it takes for a post to show up. At that time everyone is busy with preparations for television, so it takes a lot longer for your post to be reviewed and posted. I hope that helps.
  • by $$$ Location: nc on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:52 AM
    'Investigators said Allen ran outside but returned and shot the dog twice.' There it is from the article. The key word R E T U R N E D.

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