A Wausau police officer shot a dog Sunday afternoon in a Wausau neighborhood on the city’s east side after the dog attacked him, according to the Wausau Police Department.
Officer Thomas Williams, who has been with the department for 29 years, went to a home on Le Messurier Street after the homeowners there complained of a vicious dog in their yard, Wausau Police Lt. Jim Wadinski said.
While at the residence, the dog, a pitbull bullmastiff mix, charged Williams and latched onto his leg, Wadinski said. Williams grabbed his gun and shot the dog, Wadinski said.
The bite didn’t break Williams’ skin, but it did leave him with a bruise, Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts said. The dog, however, did not die from the injuries and eventually had to be put down by another officer after a veterinarian was called, Wadinski said.
Hilts said shooting a vicious dog is not common in Wausau; the last time he recalled a similar incident took place about five years ago, he said. While the department will look into the incident, Hilts thinks Williams acted appropriately to the situation.
“This was entirely justified,” he said.
now the fucktard wants an apology and the police department to pay for mushy wiggle butt's cremation
A Mosinee woman whose dog was shot by police Sunday says her pet wasn't vicious and is demanding at least an apology.
Leona Kennedy, the dog's owner, said the officer who answered a vicious dog complaint Sunday could have resorted to nonlethal tactics, such as walking away or using pepper spray to keep her dog at bay.
"When they say my dog was vicious, I can tell you that that's a lie," Kennedy said. "Seeing him dead was not as bad as coming home and telling my 9-year-old son about it."
Wausau Police officer Thomas Williams, a 29-year department veteran, was called Sunday to a report of a vicious dog running loose in a yard on Le Messurier Street, Wausau Police Lt. Jim Wadinski said.
When Williams arrived, the dog, a pitbull-bullmastiff mix that was attached to a long leash, charged him, biting and latching onto his pants, Wadinski said. The dog's teeth didn't break Williams' skin, but it did leave him with a bruise, Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts said.
"The attack was pretty sudden," Hilts said. "The officer is going to have to respond with whatever is available on his belt. Since this dog actually made contact with him, using his firearm would be the recommended intervention option."
Hilts does not expect any disciplinary action to follow.
"This was entirely justified," he said.
The dog did not die from the injuries but eventually had to be put down by another officer after a veterinarian was called, Wadinski said. The veterinarian said it was best to put the dog out of its misery rather than try to save it.
Police aren't often forced to shoot dogs in Wausau. The last incident Hilts could recall that involved a vicious dog call was about five years ago.
About one month ago, Kennedy moved to a duplex in Mosinee that doesn't allow dogs. She left her dog, named Rock, with her friend Timothy Bacon, who lives on Frenzel Street. Bacon shares his backyard with the neighbors who called in the complaint, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said her dog, which was 8 years old and weighed about 56 pounds, never has attacked anyone.
Kennedy said she has contacted a lawyer and wants two things from the police department: a public apology and money to pay for her dog's cremation.