Plainview, TX: Cocker found

She was found in Plainview near 24th Street and Kermit last Tuesday:


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She’s a buff parti mix with full tail.  Very friendly and in good health.  She was wearing red Nebraska Animal Hospital tags.  Please contact Plainview Animal Control (806) 296-1158.

Buff parti mix

Badly injured cocker found

Location: Doddenham, UK

A badly injured cocker spaniel was found 4 days later after being hit by a car.  The cocker named Puppy Joe ran off during his walk. His family couldn’t find him but heard a dog had been hit by a car.  Hunters 4 days later discovered Puppy Joe cold and wet huddled under a tree. Puppy Joe was treated for a fractured pelvis and is recovering well.

Reported by The Worcester News, Story has Puppy Joe’s picture. Link to Story

CCW Permit Holder Shoots Dogs

It happened in Miami, Florida.  George Doughty fired upon two loose dogs in his neighborhood; both belonging to his neighbor. One dog was fatally wounded while the pregnant Rottweiler survived.  Florida’s laws on concealed weapons are very clear.  You may only use a concealed weapon to protect yourself from “death or serious bodily harm.”  Was this the case or was this the result of a neighbor dispute?  Mr. Doughty said he fired on the two after they attacked him and his dog. The fact that Mr. Doughty had previously threatened to kill his neighbor’s dogs does not bode well either. Doughty made the threat after his own dog was attacked by the two.  Doughty said he would kill his neighbor’s dog’s if he saw them “walking around.”

As a CCW holder and dog owner myself, I don’t think Mr. Doughty acted in a prudent manner.  There’s only one purpose for using a concealed weapon and that is to protect your life.  There are many action’s Mr. Doughty could have taken instead:

  • Knowing that they had a history of running loose he could have avoided the area.
  • Ran away
  • Yelled at them or yelled for help

Also, assuming the dog’s were attacking him or his dog:

  • Used pepper spray
  • punched or kicked them

I see Mr. Doughty’s actions resulting as personal conflict with his neighbor.  I think he’ll have a tough time if his neighbor ever decides to take him to court.  Both my dog and I have been attacked numerous times out on walks and have always managed without the use of a firearm.  Just out of curiosity, what kind of injuries did Mr. Doughty sustain?  Was he treated at a emergency room?

Reference:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Use of Deadly Force for Lawful Self-Defense

Original story:

NBC Miami: Walking Rottweiler Opens Fire on Charging Dogs