Marauding pit bulls shot outside elementary
Associated Press, 05/14/98 07:00
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two marauding pit bull dogs terrorized a
neighborhood near an elementary school until they were killed by police who
then arrested their owner.
Police started receiving complaints from frantic residents about 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Capt. C. David Michel said.
A secretary at Watts Elementary School was forced to take refuge in her
car, and another man leaped to the roof of his vehicle for safety, police said.
The dogs then attacked and killed a smaller dog being walked by his owner,
who fled to safety.
Michel said the police and humane officers were unable to capture both
at once. They emptied canisters of pepper spray on the dogs to no avail, and
``they only had one other option,'' Michel said.
The dogs' owner, Jonathan Mathew Hereford, 22, of Charleston, was
charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. Police found
a number of outstanding warrants against him, including battery, destruction
of property, and breaking and entering an automobile.
He was released on bond.
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