Pinehurst officer shoots aggressive pit bull dog


A Pinehurst police officer shot and killed a pit bull dog after the animal reportedly charged him aggressively while the officer was responding to a call May 23, Pinehurst Police Department Chief Fred R. Hanauer reported.

According to Hanauer, Officer K. Norton responded to W. Harding Circle in Pinehurst at about 1:14 p.m. Monday in reference to a vicious dog. It was reported that while a neighbor was mowing her yard she observed two pit bull dogs acting in a very aggressive manner, attempting to break through the privacy fence of an adjacent home. She attempted to hold the boards in place to prevent the animals from escaping and was eventually able to get back to her residence to telephone authorities.

Once Norton arrived, efforts were made to secure the wooden fence and contact the owner of the animals. Prior to making contact with the dog owner, one of the dogs reportedly broke through the fence and charged the officer and several citizens. Officer Norton discharged his weapon and killed the dog before anyone was harmed.

No charges are expected to be filed against the dog owner.

Hanauer reports that this is the third incident within six days involving pit bulls within the city of Pinehurst, one of which resulted in serious bodily injury to a male subject who was attacked by a dog he was housing on his property for breeding purposes. That man remains hospitalized.

Hanauer said, statistically in America, dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year.

"In 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs, down from 42 the prior year," he reported. "Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms across the United States and approximately 850,000 victims receive medical attention"

Hanauer urged dog owners to properly maintain their dogs and abide by any laws or city ordinances pertaining to animals. He asks that Pinehurst citizens report dogs they see at large, whether they believe them to be vicious or not. Do not approach the animal, said the chief, but instead call animal control at (409) 886-3873 or the police department at (409) 886-2221.