Officers taze roaming pit bull
Safford officers used their Tasers to subdue a loose pit bull dog that was threatening a group of girls who were riding bicycles Sunday.
Officers were dispatched to Yuma Circle at about 6:53 p.m. in regard to a loose Pit Bull with a broken chain around its neck.
The dog was found in the 2000 block of 12th Avenue, and officers witnessed it run toward a group of seven girls on bicycles.
Police were able to chase the dog away from the girls, and it ran into a backyard near 19th Place. Officers blocked the dog in the yard, and it began to growl at them, according to officer Brad Reynolds' report. At that time, the County Dispatch was unable to contact animal control officer Randy Damron.
The dog was able to escape from the yard, and officer Lance Shurtz retrieved Damron's animal control truck.
Reynolds cornered the dog at the 1700 block of 14th Avenue and fired his Taser, but the probes bounced off. Officer Jeremiah French also fired his Taser but missed.
The pit bull was cornered again at the 1200 block of 18th Street, where Reynolds and French fired again but did not make contact. Reynolds then deployed another Taser shot that struck the dog. Officer Shurtz was able to get a snatch pole around the animal, and it was loaded into Damron's truck without further incident, according to Reynolds' report.
Damron later contacted Reynolds and advised him to leave the dog in the truck.
The owner of the dog was contacted at about 10:30 p.m., and he advised the officer that he had current papers. The owner was instructed to contact Damron the following day to see about retrieving his pet.
next time, glock 'em!!!