Wakeena Tyree was in for a rude awakening around 6:30 a.m. Monday as she was getting her baby out of the back seat of her car in the Highland Crest neighborhood of southeast Topeka.
Tyree, 37, said she heard two pit bull dogs bark at her in the predawn darkness. She said she turned and saw the dogs standing in the middle of the street in the 3300 block of S.E. Colfax.
In short order, Tyree said, the dogs charged at her.
A short time later, a Topeka police officer fired two rounds, both of which struck and killed one of the “vicious” pitbulls.But before that happened, Tyree had to take quick action to keep herself and her baby safe.
As the pair of dogs began to charge at her, Tyree said, “I told them to go home. I guess that made them mad.”Holding her 5-month-old son, Christian, in her left arm, away from the dogs, Tyree jumped on the hood of her car, parked in a driveway on the east side of S.E. Colfax.
She used her feet to kick at the dogs as they tried to jump on top of her car, she said.Just then, a neighbor across the street saw what was happening and yelled out “Go home” at the dogs, who then turned and headed north on S.E. Colfax toward the man’s house.
Tyree said a police car arrived on the scene about the same time. She said the officer got out of his patrol car and was charged by the dogs.
The officer, Tyree said, swung his baton back and forth three times, backing up in the process, before using his gun to shoot one of the dogs two times. The dog died at the scene. The other dog, meanwhile, took off running and police hadn’t located it by 9 a.m.“The officer didn’t want to shoot the dog,” Tyree said. “It was his last resort.”
Well gosh... These people triggered the attacks donch'ya know?
1.) being a police officer
2.) opening a car door
3.) yelling around a pitbull
4.) unloading a car
5.) being a baby
6.). Getting out of your car
7.) Fleeing an attack
These attacks were totally preventable, so folks, study up on what provokes pitbull attacks--here's a comprehensive list of what you should always avoid doing within a 5mi radius of a pitbull; What Prompts a Pitbull to Attack. Don't forget: doing nothing at all enrages them most.
Note: I frequently source dogsbite.org because it is an excellent "one-stop-shop" for pitbull related data. Dogsbite is not the SOLE claimant of this information--it includes links to the source information provided, but getting those individual links instead of a cohesive reference cost invaluable time and energy.