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article imageDog on wild tear chews up 2 cop cars, starts on 2 other cars

By Stephanie Dearing     Mar 16, 2010 in Lifestyle
Three dogs were busted by animal shelter staff after a wild evening out on the town this past Sunday in Tennessee. One of the dogs, Winston, damaged two police cars before he started in on two other cars.
Chattanooga, Tennessee - The three truant dogs out on the town for a lark had escaped through the fence from Mann's Welding shop. They likely would never have come to the attention of the police, except Winston took exception to a police car that was parked a short distance away from Mann's Welding on Workman Road. Officer Holmes was there monitoring the speeds of moving vehicles. Without provocation, Winston, an 80 pound pit bull-boxer or bulldog mix, began chewing on the tires of the police car, puncturing two tires. He is said to have then attacked two moving vehicles before turning his attention to a newly arrived police car after Officer Holmes called for backup.
Damage has been estimated to be at least $3,000. Winston managed to chew the entire front bumper off of one police car, reported the Associated Press. Winston also bit clear through the two tires of Officer Holme's car. It is not know what damage Winston caused the two passing vehicles he attacked.
Winston is obviously the sort of dog who sticks to a decision once he makes it. Officer Holmes used pepper spray and his taser against Winston in an effort to deter Winston, but the dog continued to chew the car. Winston did not suffer any harm from either the pepper spray or the taser. Police spokeswoman, Officer Royval, reported that Winston pulled the taser prongs out of his skin before he resumed chewing. Officer Holmes had reported he noticed the car shaking before getting out to investigate, finding Winston, a handsome brown and white dog who weighs about 80 pounds.
Michael Emerling, one of Winston's owners, said Winston is normally a very sweet dog who occasionally gets upset with lawn furniture. Nancy Emerling was said to be distraught by the dogs' behaviour. Both Emerlings were cited by Animal Control for the dogs being loose. All three dogs were removed from the Emerling's custody. Michael Emerling said Winston's future wasn't certain, as they were concerned that he might attack a car again. Winston has never shown aggression towards humans, Emerling said. It is likely Winston will be put down.
Winston is currently being held at the McKamey Animal Shelter. Executive Directer, Karen Walsh speculated Winston was attempting to protect his property. "Some dogs are very aggressive. Especially when they feel they are being protective. So I think the officer to the dog's perception was in his territory and so the dog just attacked the car." She added "It's just wonderful that nobody got hurt. Because when a dog gets this incensed, anybody who gets in the way could be injured."
Boxers are known for their love of play, which often includes chewing. "... Being a bright energetic breed, they will find many ways to get in to trouble if not properly trained and watched."
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