The Richmond Register

July 22, 2013

Officer uses Taser, pulls weapon on charging dog

Owners cited after landscaper bitten on the leg

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Richmond police officer was forced to use a Taser on a dog last week, and even pulled his pistol on the animal after he responded to a call about a dog bite incident on South Keeneland Drive.

Terra S. White, 37, Hampton Way, and Sherri D. White, 36, South Keeneland Drive, were charged Thursday with harboring a vicious animal.

The same dog, a pit bull and boxer mix, has bitten an RPD officer in the past, according to the police report.

An officer was sent Thursday afternoon to an apartment in the 500 block of Hampton Way after receiving a complaint about a dog bite, the report stated.

When he arrived, the officer learned that an employee of a landscaping company was mowing a resident’s lawn when the worker was bit on the leg by the Whites’ dog, the report stated.

The resident told the officer he was able to dislodge the dog from the worker’s leg by hitting it with a broom. The dog was on a chain, but it was long enough that the animal was able to encroach on the complainant’s property.

The RPD officer saw the dog laying in the driveway of Terra White’s residence. When the dog noticed the officer, who was standing in the neighbor’s yard, it began approaching him in an aggressive manner, the report stated.

The dog broke free of its restraint and charged the officer, who then shot the animal with his Taser. Although it temporarily slowed the canine, the weapon did not make full contact and the animal began to approach him and the neighbor again, according to the report.

The officer then pulled out his duty weapon in order to protect himself. One of the owners, Terra White, has come outside her home during the incident, and the officer told her to get the dog under control.

White was able to secure the animal inside her apartment.

The landscaping company employee suffered a small bite that punctured his skin. He self-treated the wound and the dog was ordered into quarantine for 14 days.

The owners were cited with the misdemeanor charge of harboring a vicious animal and released.