Yet Another Pit Bull Shooting

| June 7, 2011 | 9 Comments

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This is the second shooting of a Pit Bull dog in the past week.  On June 5th, a man shot a leashed Pit Bull who was fighting with his unleashed dog in Severn. This incident was in Severna Park.  Something needs to be done. Why do people feel it is acceptable to shoot a dog. From the Anne Arundel County Police Department:

On June 4, 2011, at approximately 6:35 p.m., officers from the Eastern District responded to the 300 block of Benfield Road in Severna Park for an animal complaint.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the adult resident, who indicated that he was in his backyard when he was aggressively approached by a neighbor’s Pit bull. The male subject reported that the dog was aggressively barking and growling at him. At one point during the incident, the individual pulled out his handgun and shot the animal once. Consequently, the animal ran away and later died from its injuries. Officers recovered evidence from the scene and conducted several witness interviews. The resident, Charles McConnell Jr., 39, of 300 Benfield Road in Severna Park, Maryland, was arrested and charged with Discharging a Firearm in a Residential Area and Animal Cruelty (both misdemeanors).

Commanders have since reviewed the incident and a follow-up investigation has been initiated by the Eastern District Detectives Unit in an effort to obtain additional documentation and information to submit to the State’s Attorney’s Office to assist in their evaluation of the case. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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