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9/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman police shoot aggressive dog; test results pending
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Police officers shot and killed an "unusually aggressive" dog after the animal attacked its owner shortly after midnight on Monday.

Kingman Police officers responded to the 3400 block of Stockton Hill Road at about 12:20 a.m. to find the dog attacking a 66-year-old Flagstaff man.

One officer shot the dog with a taser, according to Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper, which allowed another officer to use a catch pole to take hold of the German Shepherd.

"The dog continued to be aggressive and uncontrollable," said Cooper in an email. "It was necessary to shoot and kill the dog at the scene."

The victim was subsequently identified as the dog's owner. The dog reportedly had been acting "unusually aggressive" toward its owner and others earlier on Sunday.

Witnesses told police the dog dragged the man across the parking lot. The man was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his face and upper body.

Police are investigating the cause of the dog's aggressive behavior and lab results are pending.

According to Cooper, the man is uncertain if the dog was up to date on its shots.

"Testing needs to be done," said Cooper.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Angela Torres

I was at the location that the incident happened right before the attack talking with the owner. I had commented on what a beautiful dog he was, the dog was very agitated, barking at everyone. The owner said the dog had been that way after the owner had been harrased by some people earlier in the week.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: It's Ridiculous

To see people defending animals before people. Who knows what happened at all? You jump to conclusions about the owner possibly abusing the dog, yes it happens. People abuse animals, people abuse people...but not every situation like this is a result of that. It's because of people like you that rumors get spread.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Seagwik

Or just a badly bred dog. Lots of those around.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

If you remember, in the movie "Old Yeller", the dog contracted rabies and turned on it's owners and had to be shot.
This dog may not have gotten to the point of foaming at the mouth yet and with the owner not knowing when the last time the dog had shots, I'm thinking rabies.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: J L

Hmmmm.... there's more to the story. Dog's normally don't turn on their owners like that. Let's see what the police come up with.

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Animal Lover

Sounds like to me it should of been the man what has he been doing to this dog to make him turn like this. I see sooo much animal abuse and the dog had to defend himself somehow.

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