VICTIM SPEAKS: "IT WAS THE MOST VIOLENT THING I'VE EVER BEEN IN. I WAS SCARED TO DEATH BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T GET THAT TASER ON THAT DOG, IT WAS COMING AFTER ME NEXT. I AM WORRIED MY NEIGHBORHOOD ISN'T SAFE."
3 Oct 2011 - A Gladstone man said he used a Taser on a Pit Bull to protect his small Schnauzer from an attack.
Jeff Sullivan told KATU News he can’t get the attack on his dog “Kirby” out of his mind. Now he’s worried his neighborhood isn't safe.
"It was the most violent thing I’ve ever been in,” said Sullivan. “I was scared to death because if I didn’t get that Taser on that dog, it was coming after me next.”
Sullivan said he was carrying the Taser as a precaution. It’s now in the hands of Clackamas County Animal Control
Sullivan said the attack happened Monday during a walk with Kirby and Sullivan’s wife Sally. Two large dogs he’d never seen before came crashing through his neighbor’s fence.
“This dog was just viciously throttling my dog,” said Sullivan. That’s when he used his Taser on the dogs and they ran off.
The Sullivans rushed Kirby, who was badly bleeding, to the vet for surgery and stitches. He’s expected to be OK.
KATU News spoke with the Pit Bull’s owner, Larry Black, to get his side of the story. He said he doesn’t know why his dogs broke through the fence and attacked Kirby.
When asked what steps he’s taken to make sure the dogs don’t get out again, Black said he locked them in the garage.
“We’re not bad people!” Black said. He told KATU News he gave the Sullivans $200 toward their $900 bill for Kirby’s surgery.