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Pinellas deputies wound charging pit bull

SAFETY HARBOR — Two Pinellas deputies shot and wounded a pit bull terrier that charged them Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the incident took place around 2:05 p.m. when they were called to the 1200 block of Cedar Street.

A resident there complained that she was chased by "KK," a neighbor's pit bull, which was running loose in the area.

Deputies went to 681 12th Ave. to find the dog. But as they approached, the dog charged at them, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies John Long and Warren Fisher Jr. then drew their pistols and fired them at the dog, the agency said.

The dog, a 2½-year-old pit bull mix, was struck in the back and ran back into the house, deputies said. It is unclear how many times the dog was struck or how many rounds the deputies fired.

The dog's owner, Amelia Horne, 45, was home. According to a sheriff's report, she "blamed herself for the dog's behavior" and apologized that KK got loose.

She said KK had run out the back door and she couldn't get the dog to come back inside. Horne took the injured dog to a veterinarian, the deputies said.

Long, 51, has been a deputy for three years. Fisher, 37, has been a deputy for five years. An investigation into the incident is continuing.

Pinellas deputies wound charging pit bull 10/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:17am]
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