Dog attacks police car

March 17th, 2010 by

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A makeshift lock on a chain link fence was no match for the dog employees at Mann’s Welding call Winston.

The 80-pound pit bull mix managed to break free Sunday. That’s when Michael Emerling received a call from police.

“When they said he attacked a car,” said Emerling, “I wasn’t prepared for what I saw.”

Winston chewed the front bumper of a patrol car completely off, bit through two tires, and left teeth marks in the side panel of the vehicle.

The Chattanooga Police Officer behind the wheel was clocking speed when Winston launched his attack.

The Officer was sitting in his car, filling out a report when he says the car began shaking. That’s when he got out of the car and discovered the dog attacking his car.

The Officer used pepper spray, and then a stun gun but not even that could stop the dog.

“The dog apparently rolled over and started chewing on the prongs, pulling them out of his skin,” said Officer Rebecca Royval, spokesperson for CPD, “then he kept going.”

Royval says when back up arrived Winston then chewed the tires of the other patrol car.

Eventually the dog was captured by animal control officers, with the help of one of his owners.

“Obviously at some point yesterday he was not a nice dog,” said Emerling, “but previous to that he was very sweet.”

Emerling says Winston will occasionally show aggression toward lawn equipment, but has never hurt anyone.

Still, after this incident Emerling says he can’t risk what could happen if Winston attacks again.

“We can’t take the chance that the next time something sets him off it won’t be a car,” said Emerling, “if it were a person — we just can’t take that risk.”

Tonight it’s unclear what the future holds for Emerling’s pet. The dog is being held at the McKamey Animal Center. His owner has been cited, and will appear in court.

4 Responses

  1. johnny rebel

    Kick ass dog

  2. mike moses

    was he being a bad monkeye

  3. Shannon

    What was this officer doing that he didn’t hear his bumper being ripped off piece by piece? As far as I know, police cruisers aren’t sound proof. From what I’ve read and heard from media reports on this story, this dog did not exhibit aggression towards people, only objects (particularly cars). So, why is this dog being held at McKamey waiting on a court date and possible euthanasia? It did not bite anyone. The photo of the dog in the paper shows its neck, which appears to be bloody & raw (rabies pole?). Pepper spray & taser? Really?! Also disappointed that the storyline reads ‘attacking’ the car. The title alone seems to make the dog out to be more aggressive than it is. It’s a bulldog/pit bull that, for some unknown reason, viewed police cars (not people) as a big chew toy. McKamey stated that this dog has not shown any aggression towards people, as did his owner. I think that the officer was ‘snoozing’, maybe had the radio up too loud or something that caused him not to hear his bumper being pulled off in chunks. When he finally did become aware of something going on & got out to look around, I’m sure he was really ticked off at what he saw. So ticked off in fact that he pulled out the pepper spray and his taser. That’s probably when the dog decided to run, and who could blame him? I would run from someone trying to hurt me too. Fining the owner, and making them pay for property damage should have been enough. This pup has been put through torture (Maced, tasered, raw neck (rabies pole?), incarcerated) because he made the police mad by being a young bulldog/pit bull that picked out the wrong chew toy. Send the owner the bill, give that officer a 5-hour energy drink to keep him awake and let the dog go.

  4. Chico

    AHAHAHAHAHA…A dog attacking a PIG!!!

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