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Police shoot savage dogs in Macgregor

By trickyxr - 26 October 2010 131

[First filed: Oct 25, 2010 @ 11:47]

dog bite [Photo of Ameristralian’s injuries]

A friend of mine had two savage stray dogs one a pit bull and the other a mastiff cornered in her backyard yesterday by the dog controllers.

The two controllers were unable to get a hold of the dogs and the police were called in to shoot the dog.

My friend tells me they shot about 14 bullets into the dogs and 1 enterd their back window.

Seems a bit overboard and also dangerous considering people were inside the house. Apparently these two dogs had been on the loose attacking people  all day.

UPDATE – JB: Riot Reader “Ameristralian” has sent in the above pic of injury sustained in the West Belconnen canine reign of terror. The AFP have now put out a media release:

ACT Policing will interview the owners of two large dogs which were responsible for three separate attacks across Belconnen yesterday (Sunday, October 24) and had to be shot by officers.

The two large dogs, a 60kg black Mastiff and a 35kg tan pitbull-Staffordshire cross, had been the subject of several reports to ACT Domestic Animal Services yesterday.

About 2.15pm, a female with two toddlers was attacked by two dogs in Crowley Place, Charnwood. She received a bite to her elbow but managed to fend off the animals.

Around half an hour later, a 30-year-old female was attacked in the same street, suffering a bite to her inner thigh. She attended a doctor this morning for treatment and may require plastic surgery at a later date.

About 3.15pm a pregnant woman was attacked by the same two dogs in Shakespeare Crescent, Fraser, resulting in a bite to her thigh and large bruise to her wrist. It is not known whether she has sought medical treatment.

Around 9.30pm police responded to a call for assistance by an ACT Domestic Animal Services officer regarding two savage dogs that had been located in Macgregor. The dogs matched the description involved in the three separate dog attacks from earlier in the day.

The ACT DAS officer had managed to corral the two dogs at the end of a sealed “battleaxe” driveway in Macgregor but due to the size and high aggression of the animals, was unable to catch them with his noose pole.

Police attended the location and through a significant concern for the safety of the public should the dogs manage to escape, the officers made a decision to use their firearms to shoot the dogs.

The Officer in Charge of Belconnen Police Station, Sergeant Matt Corbitt, said that if the dogs had escaped again during the hours of darkness, there was significant potential for them to injure people again.

“Given the injuries sustained by people from attacks earlier in the day and that fact that these aggressive animals were able to avoid capture from an animal handler, police believe these dogs presented unacceptable risk to the community and had to be destroyed,” Sgt Corbitt said.

Police believe that other people may have encountered these two dogs roaming in the Belconnen area during the day, and may have sustained bites or other injuries. If any members of the public in the Belconnen area had an encounter with an aggressive dog such as that described above, or suffered an injury as a result of a dog attack yesterday (Sunday, October 24), they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police shoot savage dogs in Macgregor
Me no fry 1:24 pm 25 Oct 10

georgesgenitals said :

Yeah well that dog should stayed the hell outta the way of my Ingram Mac 10.

That’ll learn those damn dogs. What do you think of the Mac 10? I prefer the Czech-made Skorpion.

Noezis 1:22 pm 25 Oct 10

Cops have to have target practice from time to time.
In saying that if and only if, they had the time they should have cleared out the neighbour%u2019s home prior to shooting the dog.
But then again we weren’t there and neither were you, so maybe the force exerted was the force required.

Skidbladnir 1:11 pm 25 Oct 10

Pics or it didnt happen.

Normally a ‘shot fired in a populated area‘ incident deserves a media release, and there hasn’t been one (yet).
Two dogs requiring 14 bullets from trained police only several feet away and incurring damage to private property‘ is:
1) a pair of hellbeasts, and
2) would probably be cause a formal complaint to the police, not simple community gossip on RiotACT.

astrojax 1:07 pm 25 Oct 10

My friend tells me they shot about 14 bullets into the dogs and 1 enterd their back window.

a shot dog entered your friend’s back window?

inaugural mully cup to the dog owner?

LMR 1:01 pm 25 Oct 10

I hope the police saved some bullets for the owners.

Gungahlin Al 12:57 pm 25 Oct 10

Back to the target range for a bit more practice perhaps?

Reminds me of years ago when my parents had a rogue young bull (with existing form for tearing through multpile fences) ready for the abbatoir but couldn’t get it yarded. The local officer came out to drop it but took a half dozen shots to do the job.

Gantz 12:57 pm 25 Oct 10

trickyxr said :

Solidarity said :

My friend said it was 144 bullets, 60 of which missed and hit several innocent children!

Weirdo what sort of comment is that. Very strange some people

Believe Solidarity was eluding to the fact the amount of bullets fired is only heresay.
My friend said it was 14 rounds, whos friend said it was 12, whos friend said it was only 10

Zanzibert 12:56 pm 25 Oct 10

Seems like a very elaborate way of explaining a broken window.

neanderthalsis 12:51 pm 25 Oct 10

Have you ever seen police try to shoot anything? One trip to the range a year to loose off a few rounds doesn’t make a super sniper. Most General Duties coppers are wildly inaccurate and tend to opt for the “spray and pray” marksmanship method of putting a lot of rounds in the general direction of the target and praying that one does the trick.

That plus the Glock is only really accurate to 10 metres and when faced with a couple of angry doggies maybe they wanted a bit of distance between them and their target.

trickyxr 12:50 pm 25 Oct 10

Solidarity said :

My friend said it was 144 bullets, 60 of which missed and hit several innocent children!

Weirdo what sort of comment is that. Very strange some people

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:49 pm 25 Oct 10

Ingram Mac 10, singular? You’re doing it wrong. One in each hand, held sideways, gangsta-style. Alternatively, leaping sideways through the air to the right, left knee raised, looking over your left shoulder, both clips pointing left, over-and-under yakuza style.

p1 12:28 pm 25 Oct 10

I heard the dogs returned fire with mortars and air support.

Spectra 12:12 pm 25 Oct 10

Man, I hope those were the two dogs I called the police about. They’d had a good go at a poor girl outside Fraser primary who thankfully got off with only a few scratches and bruises. Nice job by your friend to round them before they did any more harm.

Next against the wall: whoever the hell owned them.

georgesgenitals 11:58 am 25 Oct 10

Yeah well that dog should stayed the hell outta the way of my Ingram Mac 10.

Solidarity 11:55 am 25 Oct 10

My friend said it was 144 bullets, 60 of which missed and hit several innocent children!

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