Monday, February 27, 2017

TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FL - A MAN WAS WALKING HIS BELOVED POODLE ON A LEASH WHEN 2 PIT BULLS RAN UP AND SNATCHED "SIMBA" AND ATE HIM UP - AN OFFICER WAS FORCED TO SHOOT THE PITS

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 - It started like every other morning for Keithroy George. But a routine walk around his East Tampa neighborhood with his dog, Simba, took a tragic turn Monday morning.
George says out of nowhere, two unleashed PIT BULLS  charged at him. "They grabbed the dog out of my hands, and they no longer were concentrating on me. They just started eating him up," George said Monday.
George says the dogs snatched Simba from his leash and ran into the woods with him.
"I was speechless.  All I could do was call the police," he said.
Tampa Police Department spokesperson Steve Hegarty says the two dogs turned on the first officer who arrived. The officer shot and killed one dog and injured the other. The injured dog was humanely euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.
"We take it very seriously whenever an officer discharges his weapon. In this case, as far as I know, it looks like an open and shut case," Hegarty said. 
That doesn't bring back George's companion of five years.  He says the same dogs had shown aggression toward him before and the attack could have been prevented.
Animal Control is investigating who the pit bulls belong to and whether the owner will face any charges.  In the meantime, George is left with a searing image he can't shake.
"If you cannot control your animal, don't own it," he added.The dog's like a member of my family. And just like that, because of someone's carelessness, they kill my dog," George complained.
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A police officer shot one pit bull dog and seriously injured another dog Monday morning when the dogs lunged at the officer after mauling a poodle.
The poodle's owner was walking the dog around 5:55 a.m. in the Jackson Heights neighborhood when the two dogs escaped their home and came after the poodle.
As the Tampa Police Department officer arrived at the scene, the pit bulls had killed the poodle and turned on the officer, who fired "several shots" at the dogs. The officer was not identified.
Neither the officer or the poodle's owner were injured during the attack.
TPD is investigating the use of deadly force by the officer. Hillsborough County Animal Control is looking into the pit bull escape and attack, according to TPD.

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