Woman Shoots, Kills Pit Bull During Attack, Owner Blames Cable Tech for Releasing Dogs
HUDSON (PASCO) – A Pit Bull was shot and killed Monday after officials say a pack of Pit Bulls attacked a woman and her three dogs as she walked along Thomas Blvd.
According to reports, 47-year-old Angela Riley was walking her three small dogs in front of 17535 Thomas Blvd around 11:00 a.m., when three large Pit Bulls charged at her and began attacking her Chihuahua. Riley says the dogs backed her up against a fence and would not allow her to escape. Riley screamed for help but when no one responded she pulled out her SCCY 9mm Handgun and tried hitting the Pit Bull. When the dog still refused to let go of her Chihuahua, Riley says she fired at least one round into Pit Bull. The animal walked about 10’ back onto its own property where it collapsed and died.
Riley’s Chihuahua suffered several puncture wounds on the legs, shoulders, and thigh but the injuries were not life-threatening.
I tried to contact Angela Riley for comment but she has not returned our calls.
I spoke with the Pit Bull owner, Kayle Melady who says her dogs are always caged or kept in her fenced in backyard. Melady blames the Spectrum Cable technician for letting the Pit Bulls out of her backyard when he visited her residence. Melady says she gave specific instructions to the technician not to use the gate but he did so anyway, which allowed the animals to escape without her knowledge. When she called out for her Pit Bulls to come home, only three returned. Not long after, a Deputy came to her house and asked if she was missing a Pit Bull. That’s when she was told that her dog had been shot and killed.
Melady cried as she explained that she can’t have children of her own and that her dogs are her only babies. Melady says he understands how scared Riley must have been but she wished that she didn’t have to shoot her puppy.
The Pit Bull breed is considered by many to be unpredictable and extremely dangerous but owners vehemently disagree and often blame irresponsible owners for the growing number of attacks.
The majority of animal attacks reported by RNRF almost always involve a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix. They are also the preferred breed of criminals who use them for organized dog fighting, and are often mistreated, beaten, starved, and even killed when they are no longer able to fight.
Last month a 3-year-old boy was mauled by the family Pit Bull at his home on Memory Lane. As a result of the incident, the boy’s father shot and killed the animal. (Click for Full Report)
A Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to shoot and kill a Pit Bull that attacked her during an incident back in November of 2016. In the process of shooting the dog, she also shot her own finger. (Click for Full Report)
There is conflicting data compiled by organization around the country but according to Dogsbite.org, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers make up the most dangerous breeds and account of 76% of human fatalities.
Since 2014 over 700 cities in 40 states have enacted Pit Bull bans.
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