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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Upset over burglary, group assaults man, shoots dog

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

A rottweiler was shot and wounded in Oxon Hill Sunday afternoon during a bizarre dispute over a burglary, police said.

At about 2 p.m., Prince George's County police detectives were called to a residence in the 1600 block of Birchwood Drive for a reported assault in which a dog was shot. The details, they would soon find, were more strange than sinister.

A 23-year-old man told detectives that he had just returned home from football practice when he got a phone call from a man he knew only as "Rich" asking him to come outside, authorities said. When he did, several people jumped out of two vehicles parked nearby and began assaulting him, authorities said.

The man said he ran inside, but the group of attackers followed, authorities said. That's when the man's family dog, a rottweiler named One, started coming toward them, authorities said. One of the men shot the dog, and then they all fled in what appeared to be a black Mercedes passenger car and tan Chevy Tahoe, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman.

The group was apparently upset that one of their family member's homes had been burglarized earlier, and they thought the 23-year-old was responsible, Tippett said. He said the man denied any involvement in that incident.

The rottweiler, Tippett said, is expected to survive. No one has been arrested or charged in the case.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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So several people ran into a house and one brave person shot the dog. They SHOT THE DOG who was defending the house he lives in and the owner who loves him. See, the dog has no idea why you are upset and running into his house after his owner, he only knows that he needs to defend his owner. Could we bring back public beatings by parents please? This wusbag desperately needs to go "pick a switch" and have his mom or any mom just beat him with a stick for a couple minutes at the least. I know half the board is going to get all aghast at "the violence" but J tapdancing C what is wrong with people. I'll bet dude was one of those who thinks cats are "too sneaky" or "evil." Grow the f up and become a man.

Posted by: stopthemadness | December 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So several people ran into a house and one brave person shot the dog. They SHOT THE DOG who was defending the house he lives in and the owner who loves him. See, the dog has no idea why you are upset and running into his house after his owner, he only knows that he needs to defend his owner. Could we bring back public beatings by parents please? This wusbag desperately needs to go "pick a switch" and have his mom or any mom just beat him with a stick for a couple minutes at the least. I know half the board is going to get all aghast at "the violence" but J tapdancing C what is wrong with people. I'll bet dude was one of those who thinks cats are "too sneaky" or "evil." Grow the f up and become a man.

Posted by: stopthemadness | December 13, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when we establish that killing for "space" at our County pound is okay with us. People decide it's perfectly okay to shoot and risk killing, because, after all, the County does the equivalent every day. With our tax dollars. So hey, violence begets violence. Surprised? Oh and the pound is only around a third full when the killing is done there, most days.

Posted by: lsaffell | December 13, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Viligantism!!

Posted by: goodblackpipe | December 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sounds more to me like hoodrats attacking other hoodrats.

Posted by: madmike272 | December 13, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

That man is very lucky he had that dog, and I'm glad the dog will make it. Another reason why I'll always have a large dog at home....

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | December 14, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

My question is . . . why was no one arrested?!?! There is an assault, my mob, a shooting, of a dog, in the home and no one gets arrested!?!?

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Posted by: TheChampishere | December 14, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Good Old P.G county. Things in that county will keep getting worse way before they get any better. Corrupt politicans, a police department that cannot protect its citizens and schools that cannot teach the children. Mr. Baker has his work cut out for him. The only question is can he save the county in which i live.

Posted by: efdelaney | December 14, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Good Old P.G county. Things in that county will keep getting worse way before they get any better. Corrupt politicans, a police department that cannot protect its citizens and schools that cannot teach the children. Mr. Baker has his work cut out for him. The only question is can he save the county in which i live.

Posted by: efdelaney | December 14, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

This is the way of things anymore...you get robbed, you don't call the po-po, you go find the guy you THINK did it, and punish him, whether he actually was responsible or not. This is just idiocy, plain and simple. And the poor dog had to suffer because of it.

Posted by: akchild | December 14, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Don't be shooting dogs. I don't care what you do to human beings but leave the canines alone. People are scum. Dogs rule.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | December 14, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The sheer stupidity of some people is simply incredible. We live among mindless animals. Great up-bringing by parents who should probably be shot before reproducing again.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 14, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

There should be animal cruelty charges for the shooting of the dog. It's still a felony, even if the dog lives. And the shooters should be ordered to pay the vet bills.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | December 14, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What a violent and vicious culture.

Posted by: jab00 | December 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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