Pit bull flattens deputy's tire
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
By The Fayetteville Observer
The tires on a Cumberland County deputy's patrol car were no match for a pit bull that bit and flattened them Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The dog deflated all four tires on the cruiser of a deputy who was responding to a complaint about another dog, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
The call was placed at 6:20 p.m. by Gloria Bass of the 6600 block of Fire Department Road near Hope Mills, Tanna said.
Bass reported that a dog was chasing her daughter, who was riding a bicycle, and trying to bite the back tire.
Deputy Lynn Lavallis was sent to investigate and found nothing when she arrived -- no dog and no girl riding a bicycle, Tanna said.
Lavallis parked her cruiser in Bass' driveway and went to speak with the woman.
That's when Bass' dog, a pit bull, went on the attack, biting the four tires.
''The dog didn't try to attack the deputy. He just doesn't like tires," Tanna said.
A wrecker from the county's vehicle maintenance fleet brought four new tires, Tanna said.
The bill was $504.60, Tanna said.
Animal Services responded, as did a crime scene investigator, because county property was involved, Tanna said.
There was no enforcement action that Animal Services could take because the dog was on its owner's property and didn't bite anyone, said director Scottie Harris.
Bass will be billed for the cost of the tires, Tanna said.