August 19, 2013
A Mishawaka Police Department (Indiana) officer is out of the hospital after being bitten by a dog in Battell Park, WSBT reported August 19.
An officer was bitten by a pit bull mix Sunday night when called to a foot bridge that connects Beutter and Battell parks in Mishawaka. Now a pit bull is dead, killed by the officer during an attack.
“On Sunday, August 18, 2013 at approximately 9:20 p.m. Mishawaka Police Officers were dispatched to Battell Park in reference to a report of criminal activity, a group of subjects smoking marijuana. This was the 2nd dispatch to Battell Park for the same reason within 20 minutes. While investigating this complaint a Mishawaka Officer found several subjects in the area of the foot bridge between Battell Park and Beutter Park. While making contact with the subjects the Mishawaka Officer was attacked by a dog, a pitbull mix, which was shot and killed. The Officer was treated for multiple bite wounds and released. This case remains under investigation. Anyone that has information pertaining to this case is urged to contact the Mishawaka Police Department Detective Bureau 574-258-1684.”
The family believes the shooting of their family dog, named Asia, could have been prevented. In an interview with WBST, Austin Earley tells about Asia, a 16-year-old pit bull mix, whom the family had adopted when she was a puppy.
“I tried pulling her back, trying to control her. He wouldn’t stop yelling, so she slipped out of my hands. All of a sudden I hear, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground,’ for no reason.”
Austin believes if police had approached their group more calmly, they’d still have Asia and the officer wouldn’t have been bitten.
Mishawaka Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Williams says the officer fired three shots at Asia, killing her.
The officer was taken to a nearby hospital, where he received treatment for multiple bit wounds in the leg and groin. Pit bulls must be muzzled when walked in public, and police say this one wasn’t. The department is standing behind the actions of their officers.