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Off-duty Racine Co. Sheriff’s deputy shoots and kills dog that was attacking his wife

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Racine County Sheriff's Office

RACINE COUNTY — An off-duty Racine County Sheriff’s deputy on Sunday afternoon, March 6th shot and killed a dog that attacked his dog and his wife.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. near the Union Grove Water Treatment Plant.

The off-duty deputy indicated he was on a walking path with his wife and a small “lap dog” near the water treatment plant when a large white dog came out of a wooded area — charging towards the couple.

The deputy said his wife picked up their dog and the unrestrained white dog attacked her and the dog she was holding.

The deputy said he feared for the safety of his wife and shot the attacking dog, which ran away and was later found dead.

The deputy’s wife was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.


    • Jane

      Because it is a pit bull and Fox 6 is refusing to give the public the information they need to make a decision about safety because they’ve been told it is unfair to pit bulls to name them when they attack. Virtually the only kind of dog that needs to be shot or stabbed to get it to stop an attack is a pit bull type dog.

      • goodplans4you

        Yes!!!! You are so right. They are way too dangerous and risky to have in neighborhoods. Wake up America. Just because your pit bull or mixed pit hasn’t mauled or killed yet doesn’t mean it isn’t a high risk animal. The statistics are clear. They kill FAR more people and animals than any other breed type. Too many people are suffering because of this and it needs to stop.

    • pitbullaware

      It’s been said you can judge the morality of a nation by how the animals are treated. What of a nation that continues to breed THE dogs purposefully designed to mature to become socipoaths, to mature to kill or die trying?

      Proof that bully dogs are different and the best maturing to kill their own family is the FACT that UK and USA dog fighters all choose pits.

  • coffeeinthemorning

    The safety of communities across the nation are being threatened by a system that fails to be pro-active, definitive, and consistent in handling of dog attacks. Specifically in regards to this, the effectiveness of municipal services is questionable at best, failing at worst, and without a doubt—not pro-active. People across the nation, including elderly and children are being mauled, injured, and killed. Survivors are often left with large, non-recooperable financial burdens.

    We need:

    1. Stricter legislation, higher penalties, and criminal prosecution when appropriate. Current fines for breaking dog laws are too weak to be a deterrent. Example: giving false information or fleeing the scene of a dog attack should be treated like a hit-and-run felony. Another example: It should be a felony for individuals and organizations to make dogs available for adoption without full disclosure of its history (biting, aggression). Another example: the penalties for dogs roaming at large should be much more severe when an attack is involved.

    2. Mandatory liability insurance for dog owners. Insurance protects the community from financially incapable owners of dogs that attack people, leaving victims with thousands in unpaid bills…In recent news, as the result of a dog attack, a woman had medical bills upwards of $170,000. The cost of medical care is no joke and could easily bankrupt the average American. Homeowners and renters with dogs are not required by law to have liability coverage on insurance policies. Should they be financially over-extended, suing them is unlikely to offer financial relief. This can force victims into bankruptcies and being unable to get proper medical care.

    3. Ban unlicensed backyard breeding of dogs. Breeding should be left to professionals to ensure safe temperaments of dogs. Backyard breeding should be illegal. It can lead to dog fighting. It can lead to dogs being poorly bred with genetic defects, and unsuspecting consumers having to pay costly vet bills or being forced to send such dogs to shelters.

    4. Mandatory and immediate confiscation of unlicensed and un-vaccinated dogs 1 year or older. By this time, the owners have proven themselves unfit, and the dogs deserve the opportunity to be adopted by someone that actually cares. We need legislation that revokes an animal’s status as personal property and enables Animal Control to immediately confiscate the pet so that it can be adopted. Such a law would protect pets and the public from irresponsible owners.

    5. Mandatory euthanasia of dogs that specifically kill or maul a human being, or kill another domesticated animal. Such aggression poses an immediate risk to the community. There should be no leniency for the first attack, that defies logic and statistics. Owning a dog should not be a right, it is a privledge. We need legislation that revokes an animal’s status as personal property and enables Animal Control to immediately confiscate and euthanize it. Without this, the current process takes months to designate a dog dangerous, and that can be extended if the owner puts up a legal battle. And in many cases, during the interim, Animal Control often leaves the dog with an irresponsible owner–completely defying logic. All of this undermines public safety and slaps victims in the face with injustice. We need laws that actually protect the public.

    6. Make it illegal to use pit bulls on “Patrol” in law enforcement. The job of a Patrol dog as a matter of practical use often involves being unleashed and attacking a human being. This is the lowest purpose of a dog in my opinion.
    Dogs can be used for so many higher purposes: search and rescue, bomb detection, service animals, herding, disease detection, and many other uses that don’t require it being unleashed and used to attack a human being. Law enforcement has so many other tools at its disposal to apprehend criminals.

    7. Dog ownership should require basic training. A dog’s obedience is a large factor in increasing public safety and minimizing incidents of dog attacks, or accidents involving dogs. Currently, no such law exists. Such a law would increase public safety and protect pets too.

    Write your Governors and Senators, and ask them to protect our families and children. Ask them for these 7 points.

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