Dogs attack neighbors, cop shoots

Police shot a dog wreaking havoc on the Bishop Arts area around 5 p.m. Thursday, resulting in one dead dog, one hospitalized police officer and one bystander who possibly was shot accidentally.

Police answered a call that two dogs were attacking people in the neighborhood near 12th and Llewellyn. Patrol officers found the dogs surrounding a 60-year-old man in a wheelchair near Eighth and Llewellyn. An officer fired on one of the dogs, which later died. The second dog ran off.

One officer was bitten amid the melee and later went to the hospital. The man in the wheelchair also went to the hospital with a knee injury. It’s unclear whether he was accidentally shot or injured another way.

Loose dogs can be a problem in our neighborhood. Since I moved to Oak Cliff less than three years ago, loose dogs have attacked my dog four times on our daily walks, twice in Sunset Hill and twice in the neighborhood where this shooting happened. Twice she was seriously injured and had to go to the doggie ER. We see a lot of stray dogs on our walks too, which is heartbreaking, but the dogs who attack are never strays; they’re always someone’s dogs who got loose. And that’s true of the dogs who attacked Thursday, according to Avi Selk’s report in the DMN.


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  • Maryjoyceiam

    My neighbors turn their dogs out to run loose and poop everywhere.   Are traps legal?  Are burning bags of dog poop on his porch acceptable?

  • patrick

    While walking my dog “Jack,” the neighbor’s pit bull attacked us as we passed by.
    The two latino men standing there did nothing to stop the attack and just stood there watching as the dog pulling the dog house he was chained to came after us in the street.
    After kicking the crap out of the dog I was able to rescue Jackie and get him home and then to the vet. With several injuries requiring stitches and cleaning my dog survived but, his injuries and treatment came to around 1000.00. After getting him treated and home I returned to the house with the bill in hand. The same two men who supposedly couldn’t speak any English were there when I handed them the bill…They knew enough English to return with a handful of cash but, No apology. I reported them anyway and the dog was removed.
    This was the second attack on my street, The first being two pit bulls that dug out of their yard into the alley. After trying to get a neighbors poodle by chewing on the door and window frames and causing hundreds of dollars in damage to the home, They then attacked another neighbor and his two German Shepard’s in his own back yard. His injuries and the injuries to his two dogs came into the thousands of dollars. Again the owner didn’t want to accept any responsibility. These dogs too were caught and put down. 
    There is NO good reason to own or defend these aberrations of nature, 
    They do not represent “Mans Best Friend” but, Some freak of nature.
    The people who own these dogs should have to maintain extra insurance to cover the
    costs of the damages they will inevitably be responsible for. Don’t even get me started on having a pit bull and a child…That should be considered a crime and result in the removal of the children and dogs from the individual involved.
    By the way the dog that attacked my dog and I, Killed a child at that address before attacking us…And yet, They kept the dog saying it was all an accident. They obviously cared more about the dog than the kid. I guess you can always have another kid right ?
    This whole issue bothers me because these are the same kind of people who get Pythons and Boas thinking they are so cool and then release them into the wild because they get too big to handle !!! Now if only this magazine has the guts to post this.

  • patrick

    Tell him to go back to Mexico

  • KG

    I hate to say this, but this is why I carry my pistol with me when I walk my dog.  I am a responsible dog owner that has 8 ft fencing all along my property so my dog won’t go out, I have my dog neutered, and he has a great life of walking and fetching the ball on a strip of land by the train tracks where I walk him.  Unfortunately, we have been attacked by packs of dogs with collars who are just let loose.  I am an avid dog lover, but I am not going to be bullied by dogs on the street.  I will shoot the strays as I walk my dog because we have been attacked twice already.

  • OC resident

    One of my neighbors said no one including the government is going to tell him how he should live, how his house should look, how his investment properties should be handled, and how his dog should be raised.  

  • myates

    Some people just don’t have good sense. 

  • It’s common practice with some dog owners to “let loose” their animals at night in Oak Cliff.  I see it with a neighbor of mine.  An active campaign to educate people this is unlawful would be much appreciated.