A couple of days ago we brought you the strange story of a dog who essentially turned four cars into giant chew toys. Two of the cars happened to be police cars, and one ended up with a severely damaged bumper and two torn tires. Pepper spray, and even Tasers, didn’t stop the dog, according to reports.
Now we have a little update and picture, courtesy of The Chattanooga Times Free Press. This should settle the matter for Dogsters who couldn’t believe a stubby bulldog could cause such damage to a bumper; As you see from his picture in doggy jail, it turns out the perpetrator is actually a pit-bull mix.
Winston is being held in the McKarney Animal Center, in Chattanooga, while he awaits a court date next week. His owner, Nancy Emerling, received a citation stating that she has a “potentially dangerous dog.” But staff at the animal center said Winston has shown no signs of aggressive behavior, according to the newspaper. And Emerling says he’s normally quite well behaved.
“He has never shown aggression toward people,” she said. “He’s very sweet, very good natured.”
She seemed extremely understanding of the officers using a Taser on her dog.
“I cannot believe they didn’t shoot him,” she said. “I think that the officers showed amazing restraint. They could not have been nicer.”
(This is a new one for Dogster. “Taser” and “They could not have been nicer” are strange bedfellows indeed. Maybe Eberling is trying to be respectful of the police because they’ll be showing up at her hearing? Or maybe she doesn’t really understand how a Taser feels, or figures that if her dog didn’t stop chewing the cop car after being Tasered, how bad could it be? A Tasered dog is clearly better than a dead dog, but still…)
Until the car incidents, the only object Winston had ever showed this odd behavior toward was lawn-mowing equipment, she said.
Maybe Winston has a thing against objects with wheels? According to an article on the blog, That Mutt, this is not an uncommon problem:
Many dogs have issues with wheels bikes, Rollerblades, strollers, wagons, scooters, motorcycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, even cars.
No matter how inappropriately your dog acts around bikes, she is most likely acting out of fear and uncertainty. Dogs often act aggressively when they are afraid. So if your dog is lunging and barking, she isnt macho, she is insecure.
The article goes on to delineate tips on how to get a dog used to wheeled objects. With his court date coming up next week, perhaps someone should give the article to Winston to read. It could prove helpful, and it will give him something to do in jail, too. Or maybe Emerling can read it and promise to seek help for the guy. If Tasers and pepper spray couldn’t stop him, he probably needs more than an article to get him past this behavior.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, try not to bring your lawn mower or car into the McKarney Animal Center.