Monday, March 4, 2019

Neighborhood Gone to the Dogs?

A Northeast Jackson woman accidentally shot an 18 year-old man as she fired warning shots at a dog that jumped out of its yard.  WLBT reported Saturday:

This is indirectly caused by Animal Control's refusal to seize dogs that attack neighbors and kill their pets.  This block has suffered from several attacks by a pack of pit bulls owned by someone who lives by the old Colonial Country Club.  The pit bulls killed one family's pug and are suspected of killing other neighborhood pets.

Perhaps if Animal Control would actually do its job, citizens would not feel the need to take action. Thankfully, Mr. Haralson's son was not injured worse. 


Anonymous said...

That's an interesting take...

Progressive NRA Member said...

Aren't warning shots simply just that, warning shots? They should be fired up into the sky or into the ground, not into your neighbor. I would be pressing charges against this lady who should not have a gun.

Anonymous said...

It's true that the dog catcher is worthless.

It is also true that you may be criminally negligent for the irresponsible discharge of a firearm.

However, civil remedies may be more appropriate, but a payout is unlikely without the government's generous ghetto lottery in the loop.

Get better young man.

Anonymous said...

Living in NE Jackson doesn't mean what it used to mean....

bill said...

The animal control officer isn't responsible for arresting animal owners who are breaking the law. Does Kenny's nephew own these dogs? Put the owner in jail and send the dogs to MARL.

Anonymous said...

"Aren't warning shots simply just that, warning shots? They should be fired up into the sky or into the ground, not into your neighbor."

No. Never fire a "warning shot." If you're justified in using deadly force (and that IS what a gunshot is), then you're justified in actually shooting your attacker. If you instead intentionally fire a "warning shot," you're admitting you don't yourself think you're justified in using deadly force, which you just used by firing the shot in the first place. If you intentionally fired the warning shot and unintentionally hit someone as was reported here, it wasn't actually an accident, even if you get lucky and the cops call it that.

Further, don't fire anything other than birdshot up into the air, and birdshot only when you know where your shot will be safely falling. With a bullet you can literally kill someone up to miles away. Firing into the ground can also be problematic since there is a possibility of ricochet and you're not likely checking the ground first for hard objects and angle of fire. All of this is much more risky in closely-inhabited urban areas with lots of people, structures, and pavement.

Finally, it's unlikely that an animal which hasn't been shot before would recognize the noise from a gunshot as any sort of warning. My dogs have no concern whatsoever with gunshot noises.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Know thy weapon

Anonymous said...

From the video it sounds like the dog got out of the fence by accident and didn't even attempt to attack the woman. It happens to my dog once in a while as she is an escape artist and digs out from under our fence in the back yard - my dog is a lab and will lick you to death, her bark is bigger than her bite. I do understand that dogs that get out constantly are a nuisance and should be taken by animal control if dangerous for obvious safety reasons. However, I do not agree that every dog that gets out should be shot at - what happened to neighbors helping each other out? I have picked up my neighbors dog on occasion that I recognized running down the street and brought him home.

Also, thank God that this young man only got shot in the hand, it could have been much worse; those who do not know how to responsibly use a firearm should not own one. Period. The gun owner needs to go to jail for her negligence and stupidity as well as pay for that young man's medical bills.

Anonymous said...

You would think that if the dog were really attacking, it would be a point blank shot. Instead, she's spraying the neighborhood. Take the gun away from mama...and while your at it, the keys.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting take, all the same she should be charged. You can bet her insurance is going to cover this either. She can save herself the trouble and sign over her house now.

Anonymous said...

She be "spraying and praying." Call Morgan and Morgan. Cha-ching.

PittPanther said...

1. Why are you guys talking about warning shots? The news video said nothing about warning shots - she says the dog was attacking her so she shot AT the dog.

2. How is she supposed to know the difference between a dog that will "lick you to death" and a dog that will try to kill you? Wait and she if it bites her neck?

I swear you readers suffer from comprehension problems. Maybe you're all elderly and suffering from chronic wasting disease from decades of bad deer.

Anonymous said...

I suspect there's some background we're not being told here. Very possible that this has been a recurring issue -- among other problems from a neighbor. Most folks, esp ladies, are not gonna just start blasting without a reason.

Anonymous said...

Bold move, Cotton.

Anonymous said...

I would expect that the "Castle Doctrine" applies to defending oneself against a trespassing dog with numerous weapons (teeth).

Anonymous said...

WOW, you really told everyone here PP. We are not worthy of your greatness.

Anonymous said...

@11:07AM.. If you are so worried about who gets to pay for the yewts medical bills made you should step up and offer. It is set you free....

Anonymous said...

108 Parkway Drive, dangerous dogs about, steer clear, any questions?

Anonymous said...

7:56 am, please explain how a dumbass who obviously doesn't know how to use a firearm, striking a kid instead of her intended target, should not be held responsible for said yewts medical and/or surgery bills?

I am sure if it was your child that got shot, you would just sip on your tea as you are right now and ask more compassionate strangers to pony up the $...

Go ahead, I'll wait.

Anonymous said...

@1:42 PM...Since you weren't even there (?) and have no idea what happened yet you are all lathered up I do think if you got out your check book and covered the yewts medical bills it would ease your pain. Set yourself free!

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