Woman Threatened By Pit Bull In Paris

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

A Paris, Kentucky, police officer had to fire a shot at a suspect in a disturbance on Thursday. The suspect had four legs and barks.

It happened on Williams Street where a woman said a pit bull terrorized her. Now, the dog's owner is facing charges.

Mary Brooks came out of her home Thursday morning to go to work and saw a pit bull coming at her from a driveway across the street.

She says it was growling in a menacing way.

"I kept saying get, get, get. Then my husband came around from the driver’s side of our car, grabbed my pocketbook off my arm and kept swinging it at the dog until it ran up the street. Then I went inside and called police," Brooks said.

Paris Police Chief Tim Gray picks up the story from there.

"Officers responded and did find the dog. The pit bull charged one of our officers. He had to take a shot at the dog to try to stop him from attacking. He missed the animal, but it did scare the animal enough that it retreated. The Bourbon County Animal Control officer then showed up and was able to contain the dog," Chief Gray said.

People in the neighborhood say the dog is normally kept chained up in the backyard of a home at the corner of Williams Street and Lilleston.

Its owner, who was at work at the time, will be charged under a new ordinance specifically aimed at pit bulls.

Police Chief Gray tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "This is the dog we're dealing with; nine out of 10 times, these are pit bulls. It basically requires the animals to be housed under some pretty strict guidelines so we don't have to be concerned about kids and residents being able to walk through their neighborhoods safely."

Once the Animal Control officer got the dog leashed, it became very submissive and no longer seemed like such a threat.

Obviously, the intent of the ordinance is to make sure these pit bulls don't get loose to roam the streets.


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  • by jacob bentley Location: maytown on Dec 14, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    i have been around pit bulls since i was 5 yrs old and and my dad had 25 in his back yard and now i got five of my own and i have never seen a pitbull bite but i am not saying that they wont. but if the pitbull was going to bite her then whan the man waved the poket book at it it whoud have bite the poket booke not ran
  • by Smitty Location: ky on Aug 25, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    to be truthful. there was no way that the officer that fired the gun could have hit anyone because the dog was right in front of him almost biting him. and the officer was shooting to kill the dog. so in other words, the officer "tried" to shoot at the dog at point blank range and missed. hmmm
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Aug 25, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    Did any of you watch the special last night on M. Vicks? They had several pits and only one had to be put down for being vicious. It was trained to fight.There was a professional that took the dogs and retrained them. One even turned out to be a therapeutic dog. One that is taken to children's hospitals.These dogs are mean if provoked or if they are trained to fight. But most of them are loving loyal pets!
  • by ME2 Location: kentucky on Aug 23, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    I agree pitbulls aren't the only one that menace people, my kids and I had a beagle that kept coming on our property and trying to bite us on several occasions. The ordiance should be against any dog not just a particular breed. I have been around pitbulls that the only damage they would do is lick you to death. NO one breed should be singled out.
  • by karen Location: manchester,ky. on Aug 23, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    well people if you run down a pit bull 9 times out of ten your going to get bite..maybe that dog thought that lady was a stealing a car.
  • by Common Sense Location: The corner of knowledge versus fear... on Aug 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    In response to someone saying that if this had been any other animal the same rules would apply...that is just NOT true! If it were true, the law would not be specifically for pits, it would be for any dog showing a tendancy toward being vicious! And btw, a pit would be as afraid of a warning shot as any other dog! They (all dogs) are NOT fearless animals...that is why they sometimes do attack...they FEAR humans because they have been abused. I'm sorry, but dogs do not attack unless provoked in some way (not saying that the person this dog came at did anything, but that likely it has been abused). It is HUMANS who attack animals or even other humans with no just cause! Dogs have higher standards than that!
  • by andra Location: richmond on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    An ordinace aimed at pit bulls? Our officials are only adding fuel to the fire that causes people to be fearful of pit bulls. If these dogs are being aggressive its because they are made that way. Any dog from a pit to a poodle can be trained to be aggressive. Dogs aren't born knowing how to "attack" they have to be taught. The owners should be looked at for abuse.
  • by Whitney Location: Paris on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    Im sure the officer just got scared and did something stupid. he fired a shot and missed he could ahve hit someone. The article says once he was with the animal control he wasnt a threat. Stupid officer!
  • by Anon Location: Paris on Aug 22, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    The same thing happened to me with a chihuahua, Where's the ordinance for them??
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Aug 22, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    These poor dogs. They are singled out like the smokers in the world.Some do harm others and some do not. My Pitt stays in the house with me all the time. She is a loving and loyal pet.I think an ordinance should be on ALL dogs not just Pitts.
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