Dog Attack

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Police: officer shot dog that charged

By Billy Davis

A Batesville police officer shot and killed a Pit Bull terrier Friday when the animal charged him, a police spokesman said.

BPD Officer Richard Lott fired a single shot to kill the animal, said Deputy Chief Don Province.

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Lott had responded to a home on King Street where the Pit Bull was said to be attacking a second dog.

Province said Lott first shot the Pit Bull twice with his Taser Gun, which made it release the other dog.

“The Pit Bull ran around the officer’s car. Then is came at him,” Province said.

Lott was the only officer on the scene, the deputy chief said.

A police dispatcher received a call at 8:50 a.m. that the Pit Bull had gotten outside a home and was attacking a dog. 

Province said the second dog had to be euthanized due to its injuries.

Batesville police ordered a Pit Bull euthanized on June 15 after the animal bit a city meter reader, and later a police lieutenant, within the same hour.

That Pit Bull, named Gotti, was removed from a home on Broadway where the attacks had occurred.

The home is located next to American Legion Park.

Police had received complaints about Gotti before the city worker and police officer were attacked.