Earlier this month, a pit bull escaped from its owner in Suffolk, Virginia. Neighbors Michayla Clark and Jarrett Young attempted to get the dog into a choker collar, but the dog attacked Clark. Young was armed with a .45 caliber pistol
Young, an Army veteran, says he couldn’t shoot the dog at first because it was too close to Clark. When she moved her body, he says he found an open shot.
“I took the shot. The dog stopped biting. It froze and fell over,” said Young. “I was just trying to make sure she didn’t die because she had a five month old baby in the house. I did what anybody would have did — shot it.”
Clark escaped with about a dozen bite marks and puncture wounds on her back, arm and hand. She needed stitches and is now in a cast.
The incident is still under investigation. It’s unclear whether the dog’s owner will be cited.
Young says he just did what anyone else would do. It is the classic line. But not everyone else is on the scene, armed, and capable of taking decisive action. It probably helped that Young is an army veteran.
The police didn’t take Young’s legally-owned Ruger .45. He still had it when the reporter interviewed him for the story.
There is another interesting angle to the story. Michaela Young owns pit bulls herself and loves them. She says she doesn’t blame the dog.
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