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Woonsocket Police Shoot Charging Pit Bull While Serving Warrant

Two Woonsocket police officers looking for a man with an active arrest warrant shot a pit bull that growled and charged at them on Monday, police said.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Two Woonsocket police officers looking for a man with an active arrest warrant shot a pit bull that growled and charged at them on Monday, police said.

The pit bull was later euthanized by Animal Control.

Police said the incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. when officers went to 290 Sayles St. looking for Richard Vien.

As police approached a camper, the dog charged from the camper and "began viciously growling and snarling" according to reports. 

The two officers backed away but the dog continued to charge them so the both fired their weapons, police said.

The dog was mortally wounded and Animal Control made the decision to end its suffering by euthanizing it.

The incident is under internal investigation.

Bill Hall June 20, 2014 at 04:33 AM
This Steve Webber guy is a cop informant and he is now just coming out of the closet to kiss butt. So go on Steve tell us how you would have done the same thing when you enter someone's property for a fine and kill someone's dog. I would like to do the same to you and the cops who did the shooting. I believe in and eye for and eye. You shoot my dog I come to your house and well you know.
Eugene LaFrance June 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM
STEVE, I UNDERSTAND YOUR FRUSTRATION. ALTHOUGH I LIVE IN A VERY NICE AREA IN THE CITY, I AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE I'M STUCK TOO. BUT I WON'T PUT THE BLAME ON PIT BULLS OR CHICKENS. IT'S THE CLASS OF PEOPLE ENTERING OUR ONCE FINE CITY. WE HAVE BECOME A MAGNET FOR WHAT YOU CALL THE GHETTO THINKING PEOPLE. THUS THE TAX PAYERS/HOME OWNERS ARE GETTING THE SHAFT. BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT LAW OFFICERS HAVE BEEN TOO QUICK WITH THE TRIGGER AND THAT'S NOT JUST WOONSOCKET.WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO OUR OPINIONS AND THAT IS MINE. ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND.
Hairsonfire June 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Jesus wept woman, display a little intelligence and type appropriately. ALL CAPS MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE AN IMBECILE. There, I feel much better now . . .
Russell Archambault June 27, 2014 at 05:48 AM
Im glad that I don't own a gun. I would have given him a carate kick then got him down into a submission hold until he said who's your daddy. Then I would have taken the dog and chained the dog up and spit at the dog until the dog laid in submission, then maybe blown the whole trailer up. Would have made for a better patch story.

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