Flint police say they had to run over an out of control dog to make it stop biting people in a neighborhood on Flint’s south side. While neighbors agree that the dog was a public nuisance, they don’t like how the case was handled. They say blood stains on the curb and the gloves inside of a sewer drain are proof that this case was mishandled by the Flint Police Department and Animal Control.
“It was actively attacking people,” says Captain Collin Bernie of the Flint Police Department.
Flint police say the PIT BULL has a history of attacking people. THE DOG ALLEGEDLY BIT FOUR PEOPLE ON WEDNESDAY.
“They did what was necessary and last-ditch effort, ran the dog over,” says Bernie.
Neighbor John Lockhart says what police did next is the problem.
“I found the dead dog lying on the curb, unsupervised or anything,” says Lockhart.
Bernie says that's police policy.
He says animal control is immediately dispatched to the scene to pick up the dead animal.
“We can't pick it up and put in our cruiser and take it out to Grand Blanc to the trash dump. It just can’t happen,” says Bernie.
“They just threw a garbage bag over it and my concern with that was the children being exposed to that,” says Lockhart.
Paul Wallace with Genesee County Animal Control says their policy is to remove the dog as soon as possible.
“It was the code enforcement that actually brought the animal to dispose of it,” says Wallace.
While the mess is now all cleaned-up, Lockhart just wishes it could have been resolved sooner.
“The whole thing of this is, it's traumatizing to the children,” says Lockhart.
Animal control is currently testing the dog for rabies. They say if a dog is out of control in your neighborhood, please give police a call.