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I received a call from dispatch that a juvenile had been attacked by a pit bull.

The address of the victim is 636 Valley View, but the attack happened on Meadowridge.

When I arrived at the 401 N. Wood St. there were several people standing out in their front yard.

I spoke with David Eaker who lives at 401 N. Wood and was one of the witnesses to the attack.

He told me that the dog had the juvenile on the ground attacking; at that point he picked up bricks to throw and distract the dog.

He stated the dog belongs at 311 N. Wood and that the dog is very vicious and he had complained he has complained about this dog before.

At this time Officer Tolbert arrived at the scene.

I was going up on the porch to knock on the door to make contact with the owner of the dog.

Officer Tolbert stood back from me to the left about 3-5 feet.

I knocked on the door. Officer Tolbert yelled "get back" (I think that is what he yelled).

I then looked to my left on the front porch and observed a tan colored pit bull running towards me to attack.

I then heard four popping sounds and watched the dog go down 2-3 feet from me.

After the dog was down myself and Officer Tolbert loaded the dog in the back of my vehicle.

I then spoke with Gustavo Mendez at 406 N. Wood. He also observed the attack on the juvenile.

Approximately 20 minutes after the dog went down Sue Reed showed up.

Officer Tolbert informed her of what had taken place.

Reed informed Officer Tolbert that the dog was owned by her daughter Sharon Baker (Morgan on DL).

I asked Reed if the dog had its rabies vaccination.

Reed stated she was pretty sure it had but she needed to get in contact with her daughter.

I told her I would be back after she made contact with her daughter.

I then went to get the items needed to have the dog tested in Austin for rabies.

After getting all needed equipment I went back to 311 N. Wood.

At this time Sharon and William Baker along with their juvenile son was standing in the front yard.

As I approached them they asked about the dog’s body stating they wanted to get the body.

I asked them if they had a rabies vaccination certificate.

They handed me a rabies tag.

I informed them that the tag was not acceptable, the only thing I could accept was a rabies certificate signed by a veterinarian.

William Baker asked me if I was on his porch, I stated "yes your dog attacked a juvenile and I needed to make contact with the dog’s owner."

He asked if his dog was attacking me and if that’s why I shot it.

It was apparent from his demeanor he was angry and his wife and juvenile were crying and visibly upset.

At that point I went back to my vehicle to ask for another Officer to come to the scene.

Officer Tolbert was at the scene they started asking him the same questions.

Officer Tolbert informed them the dog was coming towards the Animal Control Officer and I had to protect her.

William asked how we knew the dog was going to attack.

Sharon also stated that the only other person that dog had bit was on the front porch.

Officer Tolbert stated that he was not going to argue the point.

The subject was the changed to the rabies vaccination.

Again I was handed the rabies tag.

I informed them without the rabies certificate I would need to send the dog off for testing.

Sharon then went in the house to try and find the certificate, while William tried to call the veterinarian.

Sharon later came out of the house and produced the rabies vaccination certificate.

The body of the dog was then turned over to William and Sharon Baker.

Misty Clark

Ferris Animal Control Officer


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