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Pitbull Kills a Terrier in Redding

Redding Police news, July 23 through July 30.

(Editor's note: The subhead on the headline item for this roundup of police news has been changed. It was written in poor taste and never should have appeared on the site. I deeply regret posting it. I absolutely did not intend to make light of what is a serious situation for the parties involved or to come across as callous to Weston-Redding-Easton Patch readers for what clearly is a very real tragedy in our community. Anyone who would like to discuss this further please contact me at justin.reynolds@patch.com.)

Pitbull attacks terrier

On Thursday, July 26 at 5:54 p.m., responded to a call on Portland Avenue reporting the death of a resident's dog. 

According to police, a woman brought her pitbull mix to Portland Avenue to dog-sit for her friend, who owns a terrier, while her friend went away. 

Upon arrival, that woman's pitbull, Noel, ran into the house and on a leash was the terrier, Molly, who looked at the pitbull and laid on her back in a submissive position. Molly's owner was holding the leash.

Noel then reportedly dragged Molly and her owner outside, biting the terrier on the throat. Both dogs' owners tried to get Noel to release his grip, at one point throwing a hot cup of coffee on him.

After the dog finally relented, Molly was taken to the Georgetown Veterinary Hospital where she was pronounced dead from wounds to the neck and trachea. 

Because Noel had all of his shots, had a reason to be there, and no humans were bitten during the incident, no charges will be filed, police said. 

Theft from building

On Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m., the owner of the old Spinning Wheel restaurant reported that someone had gained unauthorized entry to the Black Rock Turnpike building and stolen an ice machine. There were no signs of forced entry. 


Nighthawk August 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Left unsaid in all of this is: what to do with the pitbull Noel? He can NEVER be allowed to do this sort of thing again.
Jean Marie Wiesen August 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
On the money, Nighthawk. I'm very curious as why there are not going to be any charges, regardless of the fact that the pit bull was expected on the property, etc. He is still a killer for no apparent reason and there needs to be some kind of action taken to be sure that it does not occur again. The dog needs to be restrained in some manner, restricted in that it's never permitted to be off its owner's property, ever w/ the exception of going to the vet. The community at large needs to be kept safe from this killer dog, b/c now that it's done it once, it will do it again. My condolences to Molly's family as well as to the pit bull's owner, it has to have been an awful experience for her, as well.
debbie bell August 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Come on folks, this is "GOOD" PIT BULL BEHAVIOR.! Stop believing the pit mongers! This is what ALL pits should do. Many don't attack this "well" but good pits do. It took many generations of selective breeding to create dogs that do not read other dogs' submissive communications, as in this case. Pit mongers who insist that pits won't kill unless abused or trained to attack are the reason these attacks happen. Gullible pit owners believe that garbage. ALWAYS ASSUME A PIT WILL ATTACK. ALWAYS ASSUME A PIT WILL NOT STOP EASILY. Pit mongers are insane. They think it is acceptablle to say that "pits were never bred to be human aggressive (killers), only dog aggressive (killers)." Of all traits, can there be anyting worse than deadly dog aggression? To those who actually care about dog welfare, there is not. So that tells a thinking person that pit mongers do not care about dog welfare! Therefore pit mongers shouldn't be listened to, and should not get a vote. Stop making more pits. Mandatory spay/neuter microchipping for all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. Pits are victims of these man-made mutations, too. STOP MAKING MORE VICTIMS NOW!
debbie bell August 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
When I see a pit bull, I think "tragic, man-made Ted Bundy dog". Ted Bundy was handsome, friendly, and sometimes deadly. "Oh, he didn't kill lots of women he met! If you spent time with him, you'd like him!" I can imagine a pit monger saying that. Most humans wouldn't say, "we need to make lots of Ted Bundys, they are handsome and friendly, most of the time". I would say that was cruel and insane to knowingly make handicapped, deadly beings. Those who think that it is logical to continue making pit bulls are just insane. A Pit bull: Ted Bundy of the dog world..
LC August 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree with the above posters...pit bulls are bred for killing other animals (and some of them don't distinguish between humans and other animals) and they make terrible pets because if they act out only their owner (if a firm owner) or a policeman's gun can stop them. If you live in a rough neighborhood where crime is high, a pit bull is a good dog to own for personal and home protection. If you live in Redding and you own a pit bull, you are fascinated with violence and lethal power, and your selfish fascination with pit bulls puts other pets and people at risk.

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