July 14, 2013
According to a July 14 report from The Bellingham Herald, officers from the Bellingham Police Department (Washington) killed a pit bull that attacked them during an assault call on Saturday evening.
The alleged attacker, Joel Votion, 27, had his pit bull with him at the skate park. Unfortunately, the dog attacked officers as they spoke with the Votion after the attack. One officer was bitten initially, followed by other officers who responded to the call.
Officer’s Tasered the dog, but when the Taser didn’t stop the pit bull from attacking, officers were forced to shoot and kill the dog. Three officers were treated at St, Joseph hospital late Saturday. They were released and may be on light duty until their wounds heal.
Joel Votion was arrested and transported to Whatcom County jail, where he was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer.
This isn’t the first time Bellingham police have shot and killed an aggressive dog. In January 2012, officers killed a Labrador mix named Athena, owned by Lisa Hart. Police at that incident stated Athena was acting aggressively toward them. Luckily, Athena survived.
What do you think of this latest incident in Bellingham? Most likely, Votion was an irresponsible dog owner, given the circumstances of the man attacking a teen. Unfortunately, the dog paid with its life.