What came first--the chicken or the egg? If a pitbull bites a child and runs away, do the police have the authorization to shoot first, the dog and then ask questions later? But, what if the dog was the innocent party and was merely defending itself, should the police still shoot to kill?
On Wednesday afternoon, East Saint Louis Police were called after a black and white pitbull bit a 8-year old child and then ran away. When officers discovered the dog, they shot the dog and then apparently left it for dead. But, who was really the victim here? Later, it was determined that the child victim, along with friends had been throwing rocks at the dog and as a result, the animal defended itself.
Angels were definitely watching over the dog because out of nowhere the executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians of East Saint Louis was driving by when they discovered the dog within 24 hours of the shooting. The person stated that the animal was struggling to move. The dog was taken to the Hillside Animal Hospital in Saint Louis.
‘The dog came across the street and the next thing you heard was pop, pop, pop,’the shots were fired by an East St. Louis police officer. The dog was apparently left for dead."
-- Cynthia Wilson, witness
“It`s really sad because they didn`t have to shoot the dog. They could have just called the dog catcher.”
-- Paula Hamilton, witness
Apparently, a group of nearby bystanders and neighbors became angered by those trying to help the dog that the police had to be called again.
X-rays of the dog revealed that he was hit by two shots. Rescuers nicknamed the dog, COLT after the gun manufacture of the bullets inside of the dog. The dog was shot in a shoulder and in the head but he probably has thanks to his guardian angel because the bullet missed the brain and skull. Sadly, even if the dog survives, it could still be euthanized for biting the child who underwent rabbi shots. Good news is that the dog was microchipped and hopefully the homeowner can be contacted.
How could the police even leave the animal in a field like that?