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Del City dog escapes police, later dies

By Ann Kelley Modified: September 8, 2008 at 12:36 pm •  Published: September 8, 2008
DEL CITY — A pit bull terrier temporarily survived two shotgun blasts and a Taser shocking after police intervened to help a man cornered by the animal.

Officers Mike Arterbury and Rob Haines confronted the dog about 5 a.m. Sunday at SE 15 and Mansfield, Capt. Jody Suit said.

Rob Williams of Del City was cornered by the dog when officers arrived, Suit said.

Arterbury pelted the dog with a shotgun blast when it lunged at Williams, but the dog remained on its feet, Suit said. The dog ran off after it was shot a second time.

Haines later found the dog in the 3300 block of SE 16 and zapped him with a Taser, Suit said. Again, the dog ran away and hid in the neighborhood, Suit said.

Police searched for the dog for several hours, combing backyards and streets. They found several blood trials, but none led to the dog.

A resident found the dog dead under a car in the neighborhood sometime after 4 p.m. Williams was not seriously injured, Suit said. Police have not determined who owned the dog.

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