A Union Township resident shot a neighbor’s pit bull after it bit his son in
his back yard on Friday, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 4:34 p.m. the man heard yelling in his backyard in
the 400 block of Sturgeon Drive and observed his neighbor’s pit bull on top
of the boy, who was “screaming for help.” The man grabbed his son and
carried him inside the house, then retrieved a handgun, returned to the
backyard, and shot the dog six to eight times, until the handgun went empty.
Police said that the boy had abrasions to his forehead, a laceration on his
right eye lid and eye ball, and a laceration at the corner of his right eye
near the nose.
The owner of the dog advised police that her bit pull “had never had a
problem” with people, including children, but did say that “her neighbor’s
kids constantly provoked” the animal and “poked him with sticks through the
chain link fence,” police said. She also advised that her neighbor had
previously threatened to shoot the dog.
Police said that the fence in question was around five feet in height and
flush to the ground and the investigating office was unable to determine
where the dog “had possibly jumped over it or went under it.”
Porter County Animal Control took custody of the dog for rabies testing.