DCPD officer shoots attacking pit bull

ALBANY, Ga. — A call regarding what was described as a vicious pit bull resulted in a dog being fatally shot by a Dougherty County Police Department officer on Sunday.

A DCPD police report states that an officer, identified as Cpl. T. Wertz, responded to 2130 Nelms Road just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday in reference to a vicious pit bull.

The report goes on to say that upon Wertz’s arrival at 10:40 a.m., contact was made with the person living at that address, identified in the report as David Pollock. While speaking with Pollock, a red female pit bull came from the rear of the building and was running toward Wertz, the report says.

The dog reportedly circled around the officer, growling and snarling. The dog moved away and then charged at Wertz, at which time the report says he drew his service weapon and shot the pit bull.

The dog then ran away in a large circle before falling to the ground, the report goes on to say. Wertz then shot the dog in the head.

The report says that Pollock commented that the officer had no choice but to shot the dog. The carcass remained at the scene, as there was no place to dispose of it on the Easter holiday, the report said.

An animal control officer was contacted about the incident, as was a supervising officer. Digital photographs of the dog were taken and arrangements were made for the canine’s remains to be picked up by Dougherty County Public Works on Monday.

Nothing further about the incident was available.


coachjohnson42 3 years, 7 months ago

Why not just go to a safe location and call Animal Control? Or pepper spray the dog and call Animal Control?? Did the dog attack someone before he arrived? Sounds a little extreme to me. This story leaves out the details.....


Cartman 3 years, 7 months ago

Justice for the Pit Bull? Full investigation? Marchers? Statement from the Al, Jesse, and the President? I disagree coach. The officer had a right to Stand His Ground when attacked. But separately, independently, and additionally to that: he also had a right to use deadly force because he was in fear of his life or great bodily harm. I will also agree that in this case, one of the parties was unquestionably, shot like a dog. But retreat while a maniacal and threatening dog was on the loose? No. If that officer had done so, and the dog had attacked a neighbor - you would have wanted that officer's head. He did his job and should be congratulated. Good shot, Cpl Wertz.


Oldguy 3 years, 7 months ago

Pepper spray a pitbul an all you will do is make him mad. Did you not read that Animal Control was not available. Did you expect the officer to just stand there and let it chomp on his leg? He was also protecting the person he was talking to.


jglass 3 years, 7 months ago

I think the officer did the right thing. Who cares if that dog attacked anyone previously. The officer was looking out for himself and the other man.


waltspecht 3 years, 7 months ago

No head shots please. Ruins the rabies test ability. Pepper spray has worked on every dog I have ever seen it used on. They even use it on Bears so researchers don't have to shoot the endangered species they are studying. I wasn't there, so I am in no position to judge the Officer's action. However, the dog needed to be controlled, least it find someone that couldn't defend themselves. Pepper spray may have just run it off to be a problem for someone else.


Jacob 3 years, 7 months ago

Owner said the cop had no choice. He was there. It was his dog. He would know. One less time bomb running loose. Good shooting.


Susan123 3 years, 7 months ago

No where in the article did it state that the other guy was the dog's owner.


tywebb 3 years, 7 months ago

was Mr. Pollock the owner? Were there tags on the dog? Good shootin' Officer Wertz. Just imagine if the cop were a little child. We would then be commenting on a totally different, and much more sad, story


VietVet1 3 years, 7 months ago

Ummm, so the owner couldn't dispose of the dog? Not much love or concern there.


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