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Dog attack incidents look the same, but have very different outcomes

Jadran’s dog, Rocky, was killed in an attack by a loose pit bull in the city last summer.

Jadran’s dog, Rocky, was killed in an attack by a loose pit bull in the city last summer. Photo by Ami Olson.

— However, after Deputy Poland walked down Millard’s steps to return to his vehicle, one of the dogs bit him. And while kicking the dog away, and firing a warning shot didn’t scare the dog away, the sheriff’s deputy made an extreme decision. He shot and killed the pit bull.

After hearing this story, I couldn’t help but think about my own horrific situation. My situation that was more than a little attack. My Rock was grappled in a 20-minute fight with the pit bull that went after me first.

But when city police arrived on scene toward the very end of the fight, nothing was done. And by “nothing,” I mean nothing.

I cannot help bust ask: How is this situation any different? Was a shot fired to disarm this dog’s jaws because it had bitten a person? Or because it had bitten a law enforcement officer?

I understand that when police arrived to my scene it may have looked like a “dog fight,” but in reality it was beyond that.

I was unable to make a 911 call because I was in the fight trying to keep Rock on his feet. Several calls were made on my behalf to report this as soon as the attack commenced.

Callers told me that dispatchers could hear me screaming over the phone and asked if any people were in danger, and they replied, “Yes, a woman and her dog are being attacked by a pit bull.”

How was this different? Why was it up to me and my neighbor to break up the fight? And why was it okay for the dog to then run loose (where children and adults were heading to their cars and homes in fear) on the street after it was done mangling my dog to death?

I’ll never know why, because there’s no exact protocol for these situations, and it’s clear local law enforcement do not have any official “dangerous animal” training.

How many more “incidents” will the city and its suburbs have to endure in order for someone in the county to take action so there is a protocol?

I have so many questions, but I have no answers.

Farah F. Jadran is the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine and the associate editor of Parent, both publications of Eagle Newspapers. She can be reached at fjadran@eaglenewsonline.com.

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