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Police allege pit bull attack on officer

The Charles County sheriff's office says a woman was arrested after ordering her pit bull to attack an officer.

Authorities say they received a call on Tuesday about a woman with her pit bull who refused to leave the lobby of a doctor's office in Waldorf. Officers arrived and asked 21-year-old Courtney Jones of Upper Marlboro to leave.

But officials say Jones refused and officers escorted her outside. They say she suddenly stopped and ordered the dog to attack. The pit bull began biting the officer's foot, which was protected by a boot.

Authorities say Jones kicked and yelled during her arrest, and shattered the rear passenger window of the officer's cruiser. Another officer took control of the dog.

Jones faces first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and other charges.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories , Charles  
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Do I have this right? The dog attacked the officer and the officer did not shoot it?

Maybe PG can take a lesson from a intelligent, self-assured police officer who doesn't need to shoot everything to prove he's a man.

Posted by: Veritasamus | August 12, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Just another horrible pet "owner" that will continue to tarnish the reputation of a perfectly good dog breed. Ignorant people that have no clue about Pit Bulls or dogs in general will latch onto this to support their xenophobic fear of the dog rather than the stupid owners that mistreat and train their animals to behave poorly.

Posted by: fuzzle1 | August 13, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Of course she was from PG. Of course.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 13, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

My brother has a lovable pit bull. My kids and miniatures grew up playing with the pit bull. One day his pit bull saw a neighbor's dog walking on the sidewalk, broke through the fence and killed the smaller dog. I fear the day a stranger kid might jump the fence after a football and get mauled.. I think pit bulls should be licensed like guns and cars in the city/burbs. Owners should pass a test and loose dogs impounded.

Posted by: jercha | August 13, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

1) The dog "began biting the officer's foot?" Horrible attack, by the sounds of it.

2) Why does the author feel the need to point out that this was a "pit bull attack" when this idiot could have trained any dog to be aggressive? Is it because even the Post needs to be sensationalist to get page views?

Posted by: mgg11 | August 13, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh good Lord...not willing to attack the officer herself she sends her dog to do it.
Who gets the police called on herself/himself for refusing to leave a doctor's office anyway? Was the co-pay THAT big of a deal? What could possibly explain that in the first place?
So genius follows that one up with turning the dog loose on a police officer. Like that is going to remedy the situation!
Talk about a walking argument for birth control...this is what happens when room temp IQ's are left to make their own decisions.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"Why does the author feel the need to point out that this was a "pit bull attack" when this idiot could have trained any dog to be aggressive"
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No, you are an idiot for saying this. I tried my damnedest to train my two golden retrievers to be more like attack dogs. They wouldn't though no matter how hard I pushed them to growl at people. Sorry, your arguement fails. Better luck next time!

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | August 13, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

OK ... the police didn't shoot the dog. What did they charge the dog with?

Posted by: unseenmirage | August 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Veritasamus (8/12 @ 7:49PM):

I completely agree with you. Finally, an example of an officer doing the right thing with respect to knowing when to shoot - and more importantly - when to know you have the ability to handle a situation without elevating it to the ultimate level of discharging your sidearm.

Too bad the officers involved in the unnecessary KILLING of the two LABRADORES didn't have an ounce of common sense or self confidence in their ability to handle a situation.

Too bad the officers involved in the unnecessary KILLING of the dog (who the police were told was there) while serving an eviction notice didn't take the time to wait for animal control; didn't knock and wait for someone to answer (or allow the occupant to kennel the dog)...no...all too frequently (at least in recent history) the public servants are more of a danger and disservice. More needs to be done to allow the officers to conduct their job without putting everyone within a half-mile in danger becuase you've given a leathal weapon to someone who doesn't have the proper restraint to know when NOT to use it.

Anyway, great job to the Charles County officers! Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Disbelief | August 13, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"No, you are an idiot for saying this. I tried my damnedest to train my two golden retrievers to be more like attack dogs. They wouldn't though no matter how hard I pushed them to growl at people. Sorry, your arguement fails. Better luck next time!"
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Just because you obviously suck as a dog trainer doesn't mean you have to take it out on me.

I'm pointing out the fact that any dog (yes...any dog) can be trained to be aggressive. Just because these wastes of oxygen feel the need to train bully breeds to serve as their henchmen (because they can't do it themselves) shouldn't reflect on the breed itself...only the individual sacks of [poop] that train them to be that way.

And learn to spell, boss. It might help your case when you're trying to be a wise[guy].

Posted by: mgg11 | August 13, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I would have understoood; had the officer decided to discharge his weapon. Today she released the Pit Bull on an armed officer and broke the window of a cruiser; the next victim might not be an officer or armed...good luck!!!

Posted by: CMIX | August 14, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

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