Video showing a dog chowing down on a car's fender earlier this month has gone viral. Our affiliate WZTV spoke to the car's owner about what happened.
On November 9 Jessica Dilallo went live on Facebook after she found a stray pit bull chewing on the bumper of her brand new car.
The car was parked outside her house in Dalton, Georgia when the dog mistook it for a chew toy.
In the video Dilallo is heard pleading with the responding officer to do something to stop the dog. He tells her there's nothing he can do until Animal Control arrives with a catch pole.
"The bumper was not off ten minutes ago," she cries in response. "You can’t throw a rock at him? You can’t do anything ?"
Lieutenant Matthew Locke refuses. He tells her that he had no reason to hurt the dog because it wasn't being aggressive towards humans.
"He’s not being aggressive towards anyone right now," he says. "I’m trying to catch the dog."
"You could shoot him," she responds in frustration.
Locke calmly reminds her that Animal Control was on their way and that they would locate the dog's owner to pay for the damages.
Unsatisfied with the officers response, she asks him if she could shoot the dog herself.
"Let me ask a question," she says. "If I went out and got a gun right now could I shoot him legally??"
The officer shakes his head.
"Why not? He’s destroying my property," she asks.
Thankfully an Animal Control officer arrived before anyone is able to shoot the dog. As the video ends an animal control officer is seen approaching the dog with a catch pole.
A spokesperson for the police department sent the following statement to WZTV:
"We were dispatched to a call of an aggressive dog attacking a woman’s car. When Lt. Locke arrived, the dog walked right up to his window and was not aggressive towards people. The dog resumed attacking the car’s bumper. Lt. Locke decided not to try to pull the dog off himself because he didn’t want to be in a position where the dog attacked him and he was forced to shoot the dog."
According to the police department they located the dogs owner and he agreed to pay Dilallo for the damages.
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