By Mallory Peebles
Channel 2 News
7:01 PM AKST, November 19, 2012
Anchorage Police said they had to protect themselves by shooting a pit bull after the owner released the dog to attack officers serving a warrant.
“The dog may have been a perfectly nice dog under most circumstances," said Lt. Dave Parker with APD, "but the circumstances under which the officers were presented required that they protect themselves.”
Pit bull lovers want to inform the public that this incident doesn't reflect on the breed.
The Hound Lounge prides itself on being a nondiscriminatory doggie daycare and boarding facility, allowing all breeds including pit bulls.
“As the owner of a pit bull when we opened I decided not to discriminate against the breed," said The Hound Loung Co-owner Chris Prigge, "The breed is a reflection of the person that owns the dog and not therefore we accept the dog until we have an issue.”
Every dog, regardless of their size, is temperament tested at the Hound Lounge. Dogs that pass are then placed with other dogs of similar size to play. Prigge said pit bulls are very loyal dogs, but it takes a caring person to own one.
“If you let the dog out in that kind of circumstance then you don't have the same kind of love that the dog has for you,” said Prigge.
He said he's seen first hand how affectionate this type of dog can be as a loving member of the family.
“They're super great animals with kids and other animals." said Prigge, "It just takes the right kind of person to own the dog.”
For more information about boarding or doggie daycare at the hound lounge visit their website.
After the dog was shot Friday night, police arrested the owner for the original warrant of violating a domestic violence restraining order. The pit bull was taken to the Pet Emergency Hospital for treatment for Friday by APD officers, but it eventually had to be euthanized.
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