By DOUG NURSE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Friday, April 03, 2009
A Milton police officer responding to a call Thursday from a man trapped in his house by a pitbull ended up shooting the dog when it charged him.
A police report said that police had responded to numerous complaints regarding vicious dogs early in the week. The first call came Tuesday when two pitbulls killed rabbits belonging to Ricardo Martinez, 37. Fulton County Animal Control caught one of the dogs.
The next day, the remaining dog chased Martinez inside his house when he came home from work, the report said. Officer Andrew Phillips said the dog reacted aggressively toward him but didn’t attack. the Animal Control officer promised to trap the dog.
On Thursday, Phillips responded to a call that the dog was on Martinez’s porch and wouldn’t let him out. Martinez told police he was afraid for his 3-year-old son who often plays in the yard. When the officer approached the front yard, at first he could only hear the dog growling. Then he saw it jump off the porch and run toward him.
Phillips fired one shot with a .40-caliber handgun, which struck the pitbull in the middle of the chest, the report said. The dog, bleeding heavily, ran into nearby woods. Phillips did not pursue the wounded animal.
Police do not know who owned the dogs, and they have not found the dog that was shot.