Pit Bull Shot by Police During Dog Fight in Hotel Room

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Police responded to a violent and bloody scene at the Relax Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska, on Tuesday morning, where they were called to break up a dog fight. That fight between two Pit Bulls left a woman with a dog bite injury, one dog at the Central Nebraska Humane Society, and another dog shot by police -- a series of events the Humane Society says could have been avoided.

The battle between the two dogs began early in the morningone day after both dogs were reportedly “bought from an unknown source.”

Rebecca Creech told officers she was feeding one of the dogs and the other dog walked by and it appeared to her that the first dog that was eating was trying to protect his food, said Captain Dean Elliot of the Grand Island Police Department.

Creech called the police at 7:30 a.m. to help break up the violent fight that followed. Before they arrived, she was bitten and scratched. Although her injuries were not serious, Creech was covered in blood -- some hers, some the dog's, police reported.

Officers called the Central Nebraska Humane Society and Animal Control to assist.

The Humane Society said the fight between the two dogs isn't surprising, especially in a confined space like a hotel room. The Director provided a “wish list” of what could have avoided the conflict.

"What we would have liked to have seen is that you would have picked a smaller dog, that it would have already been neutered or spayed, that you would have had separate areas. You always have to be careful being around animals when they're eating. And just spending a lot of time going slow and giving them an opportunity to get adjusted," said Laurie Dethloff, the Executive Director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Captain Elliot said, "Before the Humane Society could get there, the dogs actually stopped fighting, turned towards the officers, and approached the officers in a somewhat aggressive manner.”

“Once the dogs got within three feet, one officer fired one round killing the first dog, at which point in time the second then retreated back to the corner and did not come back at the officers," he said. The officer used a semi automatic service rifle to shoot the dog.

Dethloff of the Humane Society said this incident will slow their Pit Bull adoptions for a month or more.

She said, "What this does for the Pit Bull population is put a stigma right back on them, and it's beyond their control. Some of this is nature. Some of this is just not taking the time to let them be safe."

But despite what happened, Dethloff said she supports the police.

"They can judge and assess a situation and, if this was the action that needed to be taken, we fully support what was going on. I'm sure they did not want to have to do what they did. They see a lot of things. We're backing them 100% with what they needed to do," she said.

Creech has no charges against her for the incident and released custody of the remaining Pit Bull to the Humane Society, where it will receive antibiotics and eventually be available for adoption, 1011Now reports. No explanation was given as to why she was at the hotel with the two Pit Bulls.

Source: 1011 Now