A PIT BULL was shot dead by Farmington Hills police after it reportedly jumped through the screen of an open window of its home, scaled a fence and killed a smaller chihuahua-pinscher mix in a neighboring yard on June 4.
The owner of the chihuahua-pinscher was in the yard with her small child and two other dogs when the pitbull leapt over, according to police. After putting her child and other dogs inside her house, she and a neighbor tried to stop the attack by hitting the pit bull with sticks. When police arrived, the pit bull had the smaller dog in its mouth and was shaking it violently and chewing on its neck. The smaller dog appeared dead at the time, police said.
The pit bull was killed with a single gunshot from a Farmington Hills officer standing about 10 feet away, according to police.
The home where the pit bull lived was unoccupied at the time of the attack, but the owner's mother was contacted by police and arrived shortly afterward. She reportedly told police that the pit bull was blind and had no history of aggressive behavior. Farmington Hills Police Commander Matt Koehn confirmed that no other attacks by the pit bull had been reported.
"We had no earlier contact with this dog and were not told of any prior incidents," he said.
The attack, witnessed by several people, happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. at a house in the 22500 block of Tulane, near Nine Mile and Middlebelt roads. Koehn said both parties involved requested no media contact and no legal action was being pursued.
"They told the detective on the case that it was an unfortunate incident, and that neither wanted anything else done. They just wanted to put it behind them," he said.
This was an unfortunate incident that could have been worse had a person been injured, Koehn noted, reminding residents not to put themselves in harm's way if they witness such an attack.
"Don't ever put a human in danger to rescue a dog," he said.
This was the second fatal attack on a dog reported to Farmington Hills Police in recent weeks. On May 22, a chihuahua was mauled to death near its home in the Hunters Ridge apartment complex.