Deputy wounds lunging pit bull

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 22, 2006

RIVERVIEW - A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy shot a dog Saturday after it attacked him, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detective Lisa Haber said Deputy Jason Roberts was called to a mobile home at 12535 Spottswood Drive around 8:18 a.m. by a cabdriver who had taken two minors to the residence. The minors had gone inside to get money to pay the driver's fare, but had not come back out, the driver told Roberts.

Haber said that as Roberts approached the mobile home, a pit bullterrier "came out of nowhere" and lunged at him several times. Roberts shot the dog in the mouth, she said. Animal services came to provide medical aid to the dog. Its injuries are not life-threatening, Haber said.

After the incident, she said, the cabdriver was paid.