ABC6: Police are investigating after a Taunton woman was attacked by six pit bulls while walking her dog Wednesday evening.
“If it was anywhere else, like in her neck, or anywhere on her upper body, she probably would have died,” Arianna Silva said.
The police report says the officer was unable to safely discharge his firearm without potentially injuring the woman, and that returned to his cruiser and activated the vehicle’s siren and air horn in an attempt to distract the dogs. The report says the sirens distracted the animals long enough for the woman to get to her feet. The Taunton officer and a bystander were able to escort the woman into the police cruiser. The owner of the dogs came out of his home soon after, attempting to get the dogs under control. At this time, some of the dogs attempted to leap through the window of the cruiser and attack the officer
But the Silvas say the officer could have done more.
“You have a whole waistband full of weapons,” Arianna said. “You could’ve shot the dogs individually, you could have tased them, you could’ve done anything other than just get back in your car and lock the doors.”
“I don’t want him to be working as a police officer who’s supposed to protect and serve,’ Rochelle said. “I want him fired.”
The owner of the dogs managed to get them under control and return them to his home. The animals were later seized by Animal Control and will be quarantined ahead of a hearing with the owner. Rochelle Silva was transported by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She says she’s dealing with 100 stitches, skin grafts, and potentially weeks of rehabilitation. Arianna’s puppy didn’t survive the ordeal, but she says she’s thankful to have her mother.
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This is everything that is wrong with our anti-police culture today. The cop saved this woman’s life with his quick thinking. He knew if he shot into a pack of six pit bulls he could accidentally shoot the woman or her dog, which was mauled to death. Instead he ran into his car, created a distraction, and she’s alive today as a result. The victim is a woman of color. If the police officer had accidentally killed the woman instead there would be protests in the street and the daughter would probably be complaining that he didn’t get in the car and honk the horn instead.
I’m not against pit bulls, and I don’t think they’re inherently vicious. I think they can be trained like any other dog to be loving pets. But they are capable of levels of violence that other dogs aren’t.
Nevertheless, blaming the breed isn’t the answer. Blaming the owners is. And nowhere in this story does either Mom or daughter point the finger at him. As a matter of fact he’s not even named in any stories about this.
Even worse, he had six pit bulls. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to own six pit bulls. Ever. And if you do, it’s incumbent upon you to make sure those dogs are not trained to maul people or their pets. The owner knew exactly what these dogs were capable of, he was negligent in making sure they didn’t leave the house, and yet he’s not being charged or blamed for what happened. If a gun owner was this lackadaisical with their legally purchased firearm, and then someone got ahold of that gun and used it to kill a person, the gun owner would be charged. Pit bulls that are trained to do what a gun can do are just as dangerous, and the irresponsible owners should be charged.
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