A Radford VA, father was forced to shoot and kill a dog that attacked and seriously injured his son.
According to police, on May 3rd, at around 6:30 in the evening, a 15-year-old boy was visiting a neighbor on the 300 block of Russel Ave when a Cane Corso breed of dog weighing around 100 lbs charged out of the house and attacked the boy.
The neighbor who owned the dog attempted to stop the attack but was unsuccessful. The boys father saw the attack and grabbed a 9mm handgun. He fired two shots, one of which hit and killed the dog.
When officers arrived the boy, “… was transported by Radford Emergency Medical Services to the New River Valley Medical Center where (he) was treated for approximately seven dog bites to his arms, legs, and hands and underwent surgery for a fractured leg bone,” according to a statement released by police.
No charges have been filed at this time for the attack or the shooting.
Cane Corsos (Cane Da Corso, or “Catch Dogs”) are a large Italian breed of dog closely related to Mastiffs and have been bred as hunting and guard dogs with full grown males reaching 99-110 lbs.
This breed of dogs is well loved for their affection and docility towards family members but are considered formidable protectors of the family and property.
Conceivably, the dog perceived the boy as a threat to his family and attacked in defense.
This situation and one just like it where a man shot a pitbull in self-defense, highlights the need to train for contact shots. In the case of an animal attack, or an attacker struggling with a victim, contact shots may be the only way to ensure the victim is not struck by an errant round as this woman was when a pitbull named “Bugsy” attacker her.
What do you think of this self-defense shooting? Have you thought about the possibility of drawing your weapon in defense against an animal? Leave a comment below to let me know.