January 15, 2005
Scottsdale police found the owner of two pit bulls that an officer shot and killed Thursday after they attacked a man and chased a woman into her house.
Arthur Estes, who lives in the 2200 block of north 82nd Street, was not home when the dogs escaped from the secured side yard of his house, said Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey.
Estes wasn’t cited, but the matter will be submitted to the city prosecutor to determine whether it warrants prosecution, Bailey said.
The 100-pound dogs, named T and Bust, had computer chips under their skin that led police to their owner, Bailey said. Estes owned the pit bulls, a male and a female, for a couple of years, he said.
The dogs chased a woman who ran into her house and then a neighbor in the area of 82nd and Virginia Avenue.
Both people were walking their dogs. Officer Carl Angelini fired 13 rounds to stop the pit bulls after the attack.
A dog owner can be cited for allowing it to roam or for not keeping it licensed, said Julie Bank, a spokeswoman for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Anyone can file a vicious dog complaint in Justice Court if he or she feels threatened by someone else’s dog, she said.
And if a person suffers injuries or property is damaged, the victim and dog owner could be involved in a civil case, Bank said.
"On certain cases, police will file criminal charges if there’s intent there," she said.
Bailey said he’s not aware of anyone being bitten during Thursday’s incident.
Bank emphasized that breeds of dogs should not be stereotyped.
Labrador retrievers, and not pit bulls, bite more often than other breeds, but that doesn’t mean people should be fearful of Labrador retrievers, Bank said. "We should not be focusing on breeds, we should be focusing on dangerous dogs."