A Pinehurst Police officer shot and killed a PIT BULL Monday afternoon at a home in Pinehurst in the third incident involving the breed in the city in the past six days.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, Officer K. Norton of the Pinehurst Police Department responded to a vicious dog call on West Harding Circle according to a release from the Pinehurst Police Department.
A neighbor called police to report that 3) TWO PIT BULLS WERE AGGRESSIVELY TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH THE PRIVACY FENCE OF AN ADJACENT HOUSE AS SHE MOWED HER GRASS.
The woman held the fence boards in place to prevent the animals from breaking through and eventually was able to call police the release said.
When Officer Norton arrived he attempted to secure the fence and contact the owner of the dogs.
Before Norton could contact the owners one of the dogs broke through the fence and aggressively charged the officer and several citizens according to the release.
Officer Norton shot and killed the animal before it could get to or harm anyone.
Charges are not expected to be filed against the dog owner.
According to police there have been three other incidents in the past six days in Pinehurst involving Pit Bulls including one where 1) A MAN WAS ATTACKED BY A DOG HE WAS KEEPING AT HIS OWN HOME. THIS ATTACK HAPPENED ON THE 3700 BLOCK OF WEST LARK STREET ON MAY 18. THAT MAN WAS TAKEN TO CHRISTUS SAINT ELIZABETH WHERE HE IS STILL RECOVERING ON MONDAY WITH DOZENS OF SERIOUS INJURIES TO HIS ARMS AND TORSO. THAT DOG WAS REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY AND QUARANTINED AT THE PINEHURST ANIMAL CENTER.
2) ON FRIDAY A DOG FROM THAT SOME PROPERTY WAS TAKEN TO THE ANIMAL CENTER, AFTER A NEIGHBOR SAYS IT CHASED HER AND HER 6-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER. NEITHER OF THE TWO WERE HURT, BUT THE GRANDMOTHER CALLED THE POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL FOR THE SAFETY OF NEIGHBORS AND THE DOG ITSELF.
Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III asks that all citizens report any dogs seen at large whether or not they are believed to be vicious and that all dog owners maintain their dogs in accordance with the law according to the release.
The police chief also advises not to approach a dog that may be vicious but to call animal control at 409-886-3873 or the police department at 409-886-2221.