Knox Sheriff's Deputies Kill Dog

Knoxville (WVLT) - Knox County Sheriffs deputies say they shot and killed a pit bull while responding to a domestic call late tuesday night.

Sheriff's department spokesperson Martha Dooley says the two deputies were called to a home on Summerdale just before midnight.

Deputies say they witnessed an argument between 38-year-old Stanton Cameron and his 17-year-old stepson.

A pit bull who was loose at the time, allegedly charged towards the two deputies.

A total of seven shots were fired at the dog when officers say the dog would not back down, killing the animal.

Cameron was cited for having an animal without restrant.


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  • by cat Location: ... on Oct 5, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    Some pit-bulls may have it in their genes to be aggressive, but that aggression is not towards humans. They have been bred in the past to be dog aggressive. I would like to look at all pit-bull/human attacks and compare the living situations of all of the dogs. How would they compare? Next time there is a dog attack in the news, look at who the owner is, etc. All dogs will become human aggressive if they are neglected, unsocialized, abused, etc. Pit-bulls are very strong and intense dogs that need owners that are educated on the breed. Pit-bulls are typically acquired to be guard dogs, or to make the owner appear "macho". Do you ever see any pit-bulls that are owned by upstanding citizens in the news for attacks? The public needs to become educated on this breed and report animal abuse and neglect so that more people and dogs can be saved.
  • by unknown Location: Sevierville on Oct 5, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    I worked at an animal hospital for a while and I know for a fact that pits are genetically programmed to be more aggressive and protective than other breeds. Alot of time, a dog can be raised very loving and affectionate but if it's in their genes to be mean, then there's nothing you can do about it. Same as dobermans, chows, and bull dogs.
  • by Next Location: Knoxville on Oct 5, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    So pitbulls are not a danger,did anyone see Nacy Grace last night, where the owner of two pitbulls was maul to dead by her own dogs..I suppose she didn't treat them right...Also what if that was a young child that went after that had no way of defending themselves.I happen to know that are alot of young children that live on Summerdale ,my grandchildren live there
  • by maggie nola on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:10 PM
    eleven comments on a dead dog, and no one mentioning thousands of dead and wounded in W's war on Iraq. Good job distracting us, VolunteerTV.
  • by Rick Location: TN on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:14 PM
    According to Brittany, pitbulls are "the most loving dogs I have ever had." What an idiotic statement. When was the last news story you read about beagles attacking and killing someone? How about Labs, find a news article about Labs killing some one. German Shepards, Collies, can't find any articles about those breeds killing someone? Now look for pitbulls and count the articles. The proof is in the numbers. I know any dog can be mean but is it coincidence that it's almost always a pit bull. Shoot em all or next time, God forbid, it might be a child that's attacked.
  • by gary Location: knoxville on Oct 4, 2007 at 01:21 PM
    the POLICE ALWAYS abuseing their authority THEY MAKE THEIR OWN RULES I have no respect anymore for knox county officers stay at the donut shop or pilot and I will handle it myself these guys try to be the JUDGE not just enforce the law why did it take seveal shots for BARNEY TO SHOT THE DOG GO BACK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE
  • by BRITTANY Location: NEWPORT, TN on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    This makes me very mad. I have 2 Pit Bulls and they are the most loving dogs I have ever had. Yes they do run up to people when they see them because they want to luv on them not try to kill them. Cops need to take some different kind of action like Melanie said dogs hate pepper spray. Would the cops have done the same thing if it was a Lab or any other kind of dog? (no they wouldnt have)As for the comment about Pit Bulls being killers and killing a child or an elderly person, so many of other breeds of dogs have attacked and killed before but you just dont here about it as much. I am one of these so called crazy people who own a Pit bull and I do vote. I would like anyone who is afraid of Pit Bulls to come and spend a day with me and mine They would change your mind in a minute. It is all in how you raise a pet not what the pets breed is. ~Mommy to Eli and Sandy the 2 most loving Pit Bulls ever.
  • by Thin Blue Line Location: Knoxville, TN on Oct 4, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    It is easy for all you critics to say what the officers should have done but how may of you have ever had your butts on the line out there? I guess you think the officers should have allowed themselves to be bit first. Not all officers carry Tasers. Pepper spray rarely works on dogs. I know this first hand and know how dangerous pit bulls are. I unfortunately had to shoot a dog in the line of duty that bit an officer that fell on the ground trying to get away from the dog. It took 5 shots with a .40 to stop the dog's attack. It was hit every time, one shot blowing the liver lobe out the dog's side. It kept coming until a shot hit its head. I hated to do it but I was not about to let another officer get bit while she was on the ground. Quit armchair quarterbacking something you know nothing about.
  • by From LC Location: Lenoir City on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    When we first got our dog from the shelter, they said he was part laborador. We found out later that the other part was pitbull. We've not had a more fun loving, sensative pet. When he is scared, he does get protective, and we've worked with him regarding this. Any dog can have these same tendencies and I have had a St. Benard that was very protective and hard to train. It IS funny how the news and police reports on this incident that the truth has been warped and glorified. Didn't mention how when the police officers shot at the dog, that one of the owners and son was right behind the dog. Not all the shots hit Raider. Lucky especially considering the distance and where the owner and son were standing that they didn't get shot. I would be curious to see the police tape on this one.
  • by Joyce Location: Knoxville on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    Hey Melanie, the owner "tried" three times to restrain the dog, but it continued to break loose and head for the officers. The owner should have had it better reestrained.
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