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Posted at 6:26 PM ET, 08/12/2010

Woman arrested after dog attacks officer

By Washington Post editors

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; 6:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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The cop should have shot the dog.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | August 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

the dog should have attacked her if it had half a brain lol.

Posted by: forcewinder | August 12, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The dog should have been shot right then and there. Now it will cost the taxpayers to shelter the animal until it is deemed unfit (hopefully) to be placed with a family. And the owner should have to pay for the care and putting down of the dog. In PG County it is illegal to own a pit bull (law was put on the books many years ago, with then-current dogs allowed to live out their lives there)...guess it's not illegal to bring them into the county.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 12, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

throw away the key

Posted by: Towards_Light | August 13, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

She'll get off with a slap on the wrist - Stet Docket.

Posted by: neil64 | August 13, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

First, shame on those who suggested the officer should have shot the dog. It was just doing what it was told by its master to do, and it doesn't sound like it was doing any real damage, either. (What bona fide attack dog goes and bites someone in the foot?)

Second, we should be glad that Charles County allows its residents the freedom to own the dog breed of their choice--none of which are inherently vicious--instead of the nanny state approach of PG county.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | August 13, 2010 4:28 AM | Report abuse

JoeSchmoe06, How's the mullet going, dude? Your Beavis and Butthead look is inspiring. Your master wants you to drive your car off a cliff. Just do it. It's what your master is telling you to do.

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 13, 2010 5:50 AM | 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 6:21 AM | Report abuse

What was this lady smoking??? Taking a dog into a doctor's office and refusing to leave when asked? She had to be on something. I'm definitly glad the officer didn't shoot that happens way too much these days. I hope they find the pup a good home with a sensible person, and put the lady in a mental ward for the rest of her life.

Posted by: akchild | August 13, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

JoeSchmoe06, please stop screaming your ignorance. When any animal attacks, even on the orders of its "master," chances are good it will be euthanized. Further, the officer would have been justified in shooting the animal at that moment- it's called self-defense idiot... it doesn't matter what part of the body is being attacked. The fact this officer didn't act on that instinct is a testament to his self control. The owner has shown everyone that she cares little for the pit bull, otherwise she would not have issued such an assisine command. Because of her actions, a breed will continue to be maligned and her pit bull will most likely be euthanized.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | August 13, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the officers for showing restraint in not shooting.

In a crowded situation, firing a weapon might protect the individual officer being attacked, but it puts the public at risk from stray bullets. Accepting a dog bite, rather than potentially killing an innocent bystander, is the right and courageous thing to do.

Posted by: kcx7 | August 13, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Just a nother bad owner giving a perfectly good breed of dogs a bad name. I have owned pit bull type dogs for years now and never had a problem. Of coarse I am not the type of person to even consider having my dog attack... my dogs are all adopted from a shelter and spayed and nueter and chipped.

Posted by: BullyBob | August 13, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

...Second, we should be glad that Charles County allows its residents the freedom to own the dog breed of their choice--none of which are inherently vicious--instead of the nanny state approach of PG county. ...

She was in a doctor's office in Charles County; but she was from Upper Marlboro (Prince George's County). So unless the dog was very old, she shouldn't have owned it in the first place.

Posted by: mbrumble | August 13, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

You have to wonder. Did the dog bring Courtney to the doctor's office, and not the other way around. The cop should have shot her AND the dog.

Posted by: demtse | August 13, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

swatkins1, your highbrow commentary went right over my head. Next time, try something with some relevance so that it advances the conversation. Thanks!

Hi, devilsadvocate3. Of course when an animal attacks a human, odds are good that it will be put down. The question is whether that SHOULD be the case, or whether we're blaming good animals for the actions of their deranged owners. With regard to self-defense, if the woman started biting the officer's shoe, would you kill her? Of course not. It's called proportionality, idiot--you have a right to defend yourself that is proportional to the severity of the attack.

I agree that the officer showed restraint in resolving the situation without shooting. But that is what we expect from our law enforcement officers, who are given guns, the license to use them, and the training to know when to do so.

mbrumble--you are right, I overlooked that point. Thanks for the clarification.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | August 13, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

If I was a cop I would've pulled out my 9mm and unloaded everything in the clip, thus shooting the dog till it was swiss cheese.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 13, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The cop should have shot the owner.

Posted by: washpost18 | August 13, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

These dogs require very caring owners and a positive environment to thrive. Too many owners haven't a clue as to how to properly care for a Pit Bull.

Posted by: millertek | August 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

A mentally unstable dog owner? What is this world coming to?!

Posted by: Wallenstein | August 13, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse


I was waiting for SOMEone to come up with precisely the right answer!

Washpost 18 for governor!

Posted by: SecularHumanist1 | August 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

If the dog was really a threat, it should have been shot.

If it wasn't (which is what is sounds like since all it took to fix the situation was to have an officer "take control" of the dog) then the woman shouldn't have been arrested on a litany of trumped-up charges.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The officer should have shot the dog and the dog owner.

Posted by: concernedcit1 | August 13, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Why shoot the dog?

Posted by: bigisle | August 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


I was waiting for SOMEone to come up with precisely the right answer!

Washpost 18 for governor!

Posted by: SecularHumanist1


I appreciate the sentiment but I prefer actually working for a living :)

Posted by: washpost18 | August 13, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Cop should have shot or tased the dog.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | August 13, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The cop should've shot the owner and given the dog a snack.

Posted by: kenk3 | August 13, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Why slap on the wrist sentiment? She's gonna get the max for ordering an attack. Crimes against law enforcement, kids and animals peak prosecutor's interest. Dog did NOT deserve to be shot in this instance and I commend the officer's judgment. Frightening the non-lethal approach disappoints so many trigger-happy posters.

Posted by: h123 | August 13, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The officer should shoot everyone here who wants him to shoot the dog.

The officers acted wonderfully:
--assess the situation
--take appropriate action to maintain safety of all involved
--make arrests as appropriate

Thank you officers.

Posted by: Greent | August 13, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the cop didn't shoot the dog. Why should the dog pay for the owner's mistreatment? But if he'd shot the owner, I'd have been for that.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ost123 | August 13, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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