The Georgia Bulldogs are known for their toughness, but this story has the peach state truly going to the dogs.
Video footage from the city of Dalton shows an American pit bull terrier pulling the bumper off of a Doge vehicle, with a seasoned officer of Dalton PD refusing the woman’s pleas to harm the animal.
The dog, which did not appear aggressive toward people, chewed on the bumper for over five minutes in an attempt to get to two cats, which were hiding in the engine compartment.
Despite repeated requests from car owner Jessica Dilallo to shoot the dog or throw a rock at it, DPD Lieutenant Matthew Locke refused, saying the dog was not a threat to humans and that this was clearly a job for animal control.
“You can’t throw a rock at him, you can’t do anything?” she pleaded.
“He’s not being aggressive toward people right now,” Locke said.
After improvising a catch-pole, the dog was captured and it’s owner, Ben Bonds, agreed to pay Dilallo for damages incurred.
Since the release of the video on November 27, the incident footage has over nine million views.
Surprisingly, Dilallo is surprised the public did not take kindly to her wanting to kill the dog.
“I’m like the most hated person right now because I said I wanted to shoot the dog, but I still stand by that,” Dilallo said.
For Locke, he defended his decision not to shoot the dog.
“If we can catch the dog maybe we can identify the owner and she can seek restitution that way to get her car fixed,” Lt. Locke told WTVZ. “If we just run the dog off, pepper spray it, or Tase it, it may turn on us and then we would be forced to kill it because it would be attacking one of us.”
The dog has since been returned home and is now behind a fence, doing time for its canine crime.