In South Dallas Yesterday, a Child Watched as a Dog Was Shot to Death in Her Front Yard

At 5:30 yesterday afternoon, two dogs attacked 29-year-old Jermaine Jones as he walked down Copeland Street, a few blocks southeast of Fair Park. Jones swung at one of the dogs, a gray pit bull, but missed.

The other dog, a brown-and-white mutt, then moved in for the kill, biting Jones once on his right thigh, once on each hand, and once on his ass. Jones was able to fend the dog off before it could break the skin but, as he told police a few minutes later, it hurt like hell.

The brown-and-white dog, which Jones said belonged to the residents of a nearby home, was somewhat infamous in the neighborhood. One neighbor told police that it was often running loose and chasing passersby and had recently attacked a child.

Whatever the case, its days of terrorizing neighbors are over. At 6 p.m., 30 minutes after Jones reported being attacked, a young girl watched as two men walked into her yard, cornered the brown-and-white dog, and shot it. The animal staggered away and died next to a house across the street.

According to a police report, the 911 caller wouldn't allow the child to say more "in fear of retaliation upon the family." Dallas Animal Services is investigating the shooting. The city's sanitation department was called to the scene to dispose of the dog's body.

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