Pit Bull Shot & Killed After Breaking Chain And Going Into Neighbor's Yard

A family's pit bull was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon after the Pitt County Sheriff's Office said the dog broke his chain.

Pitt County Sheriff's Deputies say a man shot his neighbors pit bull after he said it was growling at his kids after it broke free from its chain Wednesday on Kathryn Lane in Pitt County.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says that the pit bull broke free from his chain and went into the neighbors yard where children were playing. The man who shot the dog told deputies this was not the first time the dog came on his property acting aggressive, and that shooting it likely prevented what would have been a tragedy. The owners of the dog say their family pet has never shown aggression.

Neither the dog owner or the person who shot it face charges.


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  • by David Location: eastern N.C on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Hey, Big dog little dog ! Pit bull or collie or any of the breeds will bite if they are kept on a chain and never shown any att ! There are lots of people hurt and killed by other breeds ,Only the pit bull makes the news, I have never had a pit bull but i know lots of people that have them and they never give any trouble because it is like any other dog it is how you raise them ! Keep your dog in a pen or on a chain and never spend any time with him other than feeding and when he gets out he will be wild and unpred ! So give the breed a break like the court gave michael vick a break<<<< who was the bad guy here vick or the pit !
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      by Lynda on Aug 11, 2011 at 06:11 AM in reply to David
      You were making some good points...until the last sentence. Just because the court gave Vick a break, does not excuse what he did nor make him any less guilty. In this story, the pit got what he deserved unlike Vick. They are BOTH bad!
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        by David on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to Lynda
        Thanks, That was the point i was makeing ! It all depends on how it is raised dog or human >>>> Being it a pit bull or a thug who can purposly put too dogs together too watch them fight until one is dead !I agree you have too defend your property ,Pit bulls can be deadly >>>> and yes vick did not get what he deserved !
  • by ace Location: j ville on Aug 10, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    My property my childern - growling - pit bull = dead dog!
  • by Wayne Location: Stanly Co. NC on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Facts about these stupid mixed breed mutt called a "pit bull" Source: dogbite.org Feel free to spew you "my pit bull is a lover not a fighter".. Facts prove otherwise. Say a prayer for all those children and adults mauled and killed, if you have a heart. 33 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2010. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 500 U.S. cities, pit bulls led these attacks accounting for 67% (22). Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the total U.S. dog population.2 In 2010, the combination of pit bulls (22) and rottweilers (4) accounted for 79% of all fatal attacks. In the 6-year period from 2005 to 2010, this same combination accounted for 71% (129) of the total recorded deaths (181). The combined breakdown between the two breeds is substantial. From 2005 to 2010, pit bulls killed 104 Americans, about one citizen every 21 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 25 Americans, about one citizen every 88 days. 2010 data shows that 61% (20) of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and younger) and 39% occurred to adults. Of the children, 75% (15) occurred to ages 4 and younger. Within this same age group, males represented 60% of the victims. 2010 data also shows that 33% (11) of the fatal incidents involved multiple dogs. Nearly a third, 30% (10), involved breeding on the dog owner's property either actively or in the recent past, and 9% (3) involved chained dogs. Dog ownership information for 2010 shows that family dogs comprised 73% (24) of the attacks that resulted in death; 88% (29) of these incidents occurred on the dog owner's property and 12% (4) occurred off the owner's property. The state of California led fatalities in 2010 with 7 deaths; pit bulls contributed to 83% (6). Florida followed with 3 deaths and Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas each had 2 deaths.
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      by lee on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Wayne
      get a life people
  • by Pit Bull Owner Location: Greenville NC on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:53 PM
    Wayne, its close minded people like you that anger me. Yes, the father did the right thing by protecting his children, no matter what KIND of dog it may have been. People are always trying to give ALL pit bulls a bad rep when ANY dog could have done the same thing. I have owned a pit bull for over ten years and have NEVER had any problem out of her, shes the most loving dog you could ever meet. So please quit sterotyping, and putting all pit bulls in a generalized category when you obvioulsy are a close minded and biased individual.
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      by Wayne on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to Pit Bull Owner
      PBO, I have my mind and eys open all the time and all I see are stupid mixed breed pit bulls and their stupid owners mauling and killing children and adults.. see: http://m.knoxnews.com/news/2011/aug/09/boy-mauled-by-dog-to-be-released-from-hospital/ Also see: http://www.dogsbite.org/index.php The facts speak... You do not have a leg to stand on... Funny how mixed breed pit bull owners care more about a stupid dog that serves no use to humans, but care nothing about a child being mauled or killed.. As I said I see the facts, shame you do not open your eyes.
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        by Pit Bull Owner on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to Wayne
        Yeah sure, say what you want and throw your "statistics" around all you want. I see all your percentages and everything and thats all fine but you have never raised/owned a pit bull so your "facts" sir are just what you get off of a website. Like I said I have had my pit bull for over ten years, so yes I do beleive I have a leg to stand on. And much stonger than what your presenting. I'm speaking what I live everyday with my pit and you are just pulling off websites and blah blah blah. And if you would read in my previous post, I never said that I cared more about the dog than I did the children. I clearly stated that the father did the right thing by protecting his children. All I was saying is that its a shame that ALL pits get generalized by people like you. So thanks for being a wonderful example of exactly what I was saying.
  • by Amy Location: NC on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    You posted my second post but not my first. Which means the one you posted makes absolutely no sense at all. Or it means, you don't actually read the posts, you just arbitrarily post whatever comes up.
  • by Amy Location: North Carolina on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Let me add, I wasn't saying that I think what the father did was wrong. I would protect my children, too. I just get tired of people saying all pits are bad dogs.
  • by Amy Location: North Carolina on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    All dogs are aggressive if kept chained all the time. Google it. These dogs were originally "Nanny Dogs", you know like Petey from The Little Rascals. It wasn't till low lifes, scum and thugs started using them as fighting dogs that they became "killers, etc." Furthermore, not every dog called a "pit" on the news actually is a pit bull. I became a pit bull defender after we got our first pit mix and now have another pit bull mix. Two of our five dogs are pit bull mix rescues. Pit bulls are dangerous when they are aggressive because they have such a powerful bite and tendancy to hang on when they do bite but they are good dogs. Chihuahua's are usually yappy, snappy little dogs. Does that make them all mean? Should they all be banned? No. I will agree that training your dog to carry a cement block around his neck and purposely having one for the "status" symbol is wrong and dangerous. But, punish the owners and the individual dog not the breed.
  • by Wayne Location: Stanly Co. NC on Aug 8, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I only have one thing to say..... Give this man a medal for saving his children from a mauling or death at the mouth of a stupid mixed breed dog called a pit bull... Now if only the people who own these stupid dogs then could be removed as easily...
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      by Really? on Aug 11, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Wayne
      Wayne, it seems you are very closed minded. Not all pit's are bad. I have 3 pits, no problems. Yes, there are bad dogs just like there are bad people. Did you know that 95% of serial killers are white males between the ages of 21 to 40? Would you or a family member of yours fit into this catergory? So what are we to do Wayne, begin killing all the white males and their mothers who fit in this catergory. Now, before you respond with all your pretty little numbers and your bull headed comments, think about what I said. I am a responsible pit bull owner and I chose this breed of dog so at least I could save a few from the dogfighting rings and abuse that humans put them through. I really can not believe your comments.
  • by New Pit Owner on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    I just got a pit bull puppy and both the mother and father of my puppy is well mannered and does wonderful with children. The night we went to pick our pit out their were 2 children both under the age of five running around the house messing with her and her puppies and she acted like it not once bothered her. the father of the puppies will watch children well enough that you could leave them alone outside knowing no stranger or animal could get close because he would protect them. I am glad no one was hurt though, and alot of dogs attitudes are brought on by the way you raise them and the way the owner carries themselves. The dog only reflects what they see done!
  • by owner Location: greenville on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    you poeple are stupid I own one and I am so sick of hearing all this negativety about them we've had her since she was a puppy she been nothing but loved and me my wife and my 2 year old love her. If you raise them from a puppy up to grown they dont know to be mean b/c all they have had is love so SHUT UP
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 05:24 PM in reply to owner
      Before you call "poeple" stupid please check your spelling and grammar, it's atrocious.
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      by ann on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to owner
      That is what the majority are saying. The dog was obviously raised to be aggressive. We are not dog haters-I LOVE DOGS-I HAVE DOGS-but mine stay maintained at all times. They do not go after anyone because they are never allowed outside of supervision either in their pen or on a leash. Its not the dog-its how it was done or taught how to be.
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