KHOU crews rolling as deputy shoots, kills dog that mauled woman in Liberty County


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 10:20 PM

Dog attacks, kills woman

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DAYTON, Texas -- Two KHOU crews were just feet away from a Liberty County deputy when he shot and killed a dog.

The Rottweiler-Mastiff mix was responsible for a deadly mauling on Monday.

Deputies say the dog had been a stray until a woman in the Woodland Hills subdivision began feeding him about two weeks ago.

63-year-old Linda Oliver called authorities after the dog attacked her, but it was too late.

“I love my dogs, but something like that happens to a human being, it needs to be put down,” said neighbor Steve Wilson. Deputies shot at the dog named “Bruiser” at Oliver’s home on Monday. Deputies say the dog charged at them and managed to escape into some nearby woods.

Deputies had been actively searching for the dog ever since.

Several near captures ended with the dog running off into the distance. On Tuesday night, around 6:30 p.m., it all came to an end on County Road 648.

Two KHOU crews covering the story followed a deputy to that location.

Less than a minute later, the dog ran down the street and deputies followed in hot pursuit.

A Liberty County Deputy, crouched in a ditch, killed the animal with two shots fired from a 12-gauge shotgun.

KHOU cameras rolled as the shots went off, and a deputy officially confirmed out loud that the dog was dead.

“I think it’s a tremendous relief off of everyone. I have gotten numerous calls from parents who have small children and small pets,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor with Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

DeFoor says the animal was so dangerous he left deputies with no choice.

“Had he been brought down with a tranquilizer and captured, we would’ve still had to send his remains for rabies testing,” explained Capt. DeFoor.

The animal remains are now on the way to a lab.

If the dog did in fact have rabies, deputies are concerned about other pets he might’ve come in contact with.