Deputy shoots pit bull during arrest at Palm Harbor home

January 18th, 2011 by Staff — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy on Monday night shot a pit bull that had attacked the girlfriend of a man who had just been arrested.

Deputy Christopher Brady heard the dog growling and a woman yelling inside a Palm Harbor home.

The suspect, who had just been arrested at his home, said it sounded as though his dog was attacking his girlfriend.

Brady ran into home and found the nearly 80-pound dog on top of Sheena Sovine, 26. The dog was biting her and dragging her across the living room floor, the sheriff’s office said.

Brady tried to distract the 7-year-old dog named Mojo, but it wouldn’t let go. He then used a Taser. On the second try, the dog let go of Sovine and attacked Brady, the sheriff’s office said.

The dog bit Brady on his left forearm. As the dog continued to attack, Brady pulled out his handgun and shot the dog. Mojo died at the home, 30700 U.S. 19 North, Lot 30, the sheriff’s office said.

Brady was not injured. Sovine was taken to a local hospital with dog bites to her left arm and shoulder. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Brady had gone to the home just after 6 p.m. to arrest Michael Walker. He was charged with one count of sale and possession of a controlled substance, which was identified as oxycodone. Walker was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

Walker has been arrested several times for domestic violence and battery and possession of a controlled substance, according to jail records.

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