Police Chief Seeks Destruction of Dangerous Dog
By Keely Hyslop
Published on December 14, 2006
The attack occurred at around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. The other dog involved, a boxer, was shot three times and killed when both dogs attempted to charge police officers who were on the scene awaiting the arrival of Mobile County Animal Control Department officials. The pit bull was wounded by two shots that were fired, and fled back to its owner’s residence nearby. When officers pursued, the owner quickly surrendered the injured animal to police custody. The pit bull is currently being held under quarantine for the customary 10-day period to ensure it does not have rabies.
Charles Bridges, the 64-year-old victim of the dog attack, suffered bite wounds to his thigh and calf. He was taken by Paramedics to Infirmary West, where he was treated and released.
The city plans to pursue a case against the owner of the pit bull, Allen Bowen. The dogs were involved in two prior attacks. The charge the city is pursuing is a Class C misdemeanor against Bowen for allowing his dogs to run loose. If convicted, Bowen will face up to a $500 fine and three months in jail.