Pit Bull Shot By Deputies; Pot Plants Found In Backyard Near Molino

September 22, 2012

An animal complaint north of Molino led to deputies shooting a pit bull and the discovery of pot plants in a backyard Friday morning.

Escambia County deputies responded to a complaint about an aggressive put bull about 9 a.m. at a residence in on Highway 29 near Cotton Lake Road. Th dog was loose in the victim’s yard and had attacked and killed her dog.

Deputies kept the pit bull contained in the yard and notified Escambia County Animal Control. But before animal control arrived, the pit bull attempted to attack two officers who then utilized a shotgun to stop the dog, according to Melissa Rawson, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies attempted to contact the owner of the dog at a nearby home on Highway 29 across from the Camp Of the Pines, animal control located several other pit bulls in varying stages of distress. Escambia County Animal Control officers took possession of the dogs for further investigation.

During the investigation, deputies discovered at least four marijuana plants being cultivated in the backyard of the home. The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division responded and took over that part of the investigation. Rawson said charges are pending against the residents at this time.

Code Enforcement also responded and opened a separate investigation for various code violations.

Pictured: Marijuana plants discoved Friday morning in the backyard of a home in the 10000 block of Highway 29, near the Camp of the Pines. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


48 Responses to “Pit Bull Shot By Deputies; Pot Plants Found In Backyard Near Molino”

  1. Dog Lover on October 11th, 2012 6:20 pm

    the County animal control officers have responded aggressively toward pit bulls who are family pets and threaten those people that disagree with the officers behavior, not to mention their abusive and ignorant comments in other situations …someone should investigate their behavior

  2. Sammie55 on September 26th, 2012 10:07 am


    You truly don’t see anything cruel about a 13yr old dog that couldnt’ even raise it’s head, laying there helplessly while being virtually drained bloodless by fleas that were so numerous they looked liked ants?

    Technically though, you’re right . It wasn’t cruelty per se.. .it was Torture.

  3. justin on September 25th, 2012 8:07 pm

    The black dog in question was 13 years old and was saved from being fought about 7 years ago that’s how long he had the dog,so for people to say he was going to care for it to death you might be right as long as the dog would get up still wag its tail and eat and drink why put it to sleep or kill it …..yeah the dog had fleas but there is about 30 stray cats that live in a barn drectly behind his house they he has called ac about and they have done nothing yes the dig got off a killed a nother dog blame him for that but not anamal crulty!

  4. Sammie on September 25th, 2012 7:11 am

    “”The deputies then went to this house and found a black what appeared to be a pit bull laying on its side and barely able to raise its head.They then went into the backyard to check on the welfare of the dog and found the dog covered in what they thought at first to be ants then quickly discovered it was only millions of fleas”"

    This is someone who “cared ” abou their dogs? Good thing the police got there when they did or t hose folks would have “care”d those dogs to deaths.

  5. Gigi on September 24th, 2012 2:46 pm

    David said it best. Maybe my chihuahua is meaner than your pit, but my little dog cannot latch on to your limb where only a .45 could stop it. My husband works for the power company and people have gotten angry with him when he had to pepper spray their pits when they charged him. Once, a roaming pit tried to attack me and my little dog in MY yard. I called the animal control officer and the pit attacked her, so she darted it and it was euthanized. People, if you have them, keep them under control.

  6. David Huie Green on September 24th, 2012 12:11 pm

    “I bet they wish they had walked that extra mile. Now.”

    It may not be all that bad. One of my favorite cousins had some similar plants growing back of her home. When they were discovered, beloved cousin complained one of the neighbors must have planted the offending plants and she and family knew NOTHING about them.

    David for straight faces

  7. 429SCJ on September 24th, 2012 11:30 am

    I wonder why they put the plants in their backyard, when they lived right near the NWF management area? I hope it was not because they were too unenthusiastic to travel the extra distance.

    I bet they wish they had walked that extra mile. Now.

  8. David Huie Green on September 24th, 2012 11:22 am

    “Oh my goodness…

    “Pit bulls are not the most aggressive dog.

    “They are not the breed that has bitten the most people.

    “Pitbulls are this generations take all the blame dog…”

    I don’t think it’s a matter of most aggressive or most apt to bite. It’s the final result of what happens if one DOES bite someone, and IT AIN’T PRETTY.

    David for gentle dogs,
    small bites
    or weak jaws

  9. cheyenne glenn on September 23rd, 2012 10:18 pm

    Well i cant complain bout pitbulls everubody has them for a reason to protect there family

  10. saint on September 23rd, 2012 8:40 pm

    It was not there dog at all. No proof. They have a attorney. As for the last comment If you know them then you should no the dog they keep in the house and let out in the front yard was not shot. He was in his kennel inside the home.

  11. bogia on September 23rd, 2012 5:50 pm

    I can not believe what this has turned into. The dog attacked and killed someone elses dog. Then he tried to attack the cops. If that isnt viscious i dont know what is. If ever you went to their home, the dog would try to eat you through the fence. If you raised a pitt bull that hasnt turned on you…..yet…then you are one of the lucky ones. Some people and children were not so lucky. Some of you are so ignorant to the fact that the breed is a viscious labeled breed for a reason. Hope you never have to find out have to find out why.

  12. Jane on September 23rd, 2012 6:31 am

    All you people who are defending the pit bulls…PLEASE…keep your dog at home. My neighbors and I are having serious problems with one trying to attack us here. No one wants to hurt it…just make it stay home, please!

  13. Stumpknocker on September 23rd, 2012 3:58 am

    The police did not go in anyone’s home and take animals from these folks,after the dog was shot they learned were the dog may have lived.The deputies then went to this house and found a black what appeared to be a pit bull(no DNA was taken to verify breed) laying on its side and barely able to raise its head.They then went into the backyard to check on the welfare of the dog(Huh one just tried to bite them no there checking on the welfare of another)and found the dog covered in what they thought at first to be ants then quickly discovered it was only millions of fleas.This is when the pot plants were discovered, kinda hard to miss when the plants are in plain view and 5 feet tall.Maybe if they spent as much time tending to their dogs as they did their plants the one dog that got shot would have remained secure and the others would not have been removed by AC.

  14. Kathy Jones on September 22nd, 2012 10:49 pm

    Oh my goodness…

    Pit bulls are not the most aggressive dog.

    They are not the breed that has bitten the most people.

    Pitbulls are this generations take all the blame dog…

    Pitbulls were not originally bred or born for fighting… They were trained this way and treated this way.

    Pitbull bites just happen to get the most attention this generation…

    Everyone has to have some one or something to blame everything on and that would be pitbulls…

    What you ought to do it use your computer to go on-line and to learn something about a subject before you voice your un-educated opinions!

  15. ternisha on September 22nd, 2012 10:13 pm

    People are absolutely ignorant. I grew up with put bulls and they can be the most gentle things ever. Mine slept with me when I was a child and drank from a bottle. Its funny how I’ve been bitten by a poodle before but never a bull dog, but people are quick to make judgement based on the breed…ignorant. these people are great people who RESCUED these dogs and were taking care of them. They took them out of a bad situation and are now getting charged with animal cruelty charges…they’ve had had these dogs forever and for the first time one gets out ..are you kidding me? How many of you have had a dog get out before? Oh but I guess animal control didn’t bust in your house and take your dogs that you love like children because your freaking poodle got out did they ? They are quick to jump on other dogs inside the house that were innocent and had nothing to do with the situation and put them to sleep though. I also LOVE how animal control, the police, and the news twists everything around and ignorant people believe everything they hear.

  16. USCG on September 22nd, 2012 9:14 pm

    Ok people the issue was a dog (a so called Pit Bull) and who cares what it was attacked and killed another dog and then was agressive towards the deputies, they shot it and so would I. The fact that they found four pot plants in the back yard, well thank the dog for bringing the deputies to the place to find it! As for all you PIT BULL lovers, I don’t have a problem with them at all but I am very cautious around them due to an incident a few years ago. I have some friends that had two (PIT BULL REGISTERED PUPPIES) and they were the sweetest most loveable dogs you could ever be around, untill one day they (the PIT BULL’s) decided they wanted to attack a horse that was being stabled at the farm. The owner of the PIT BULLS shot both of the dogs to get them off of the horse. The owners of the PIT BULLS are and were very diligent in the raising and careing for of the PIT BULLS and the incident had nothing to do with how they were raised, they just turned, they were bread to be attack dogs, has nothing to do with the owners from my experience.

  17. Dog Lover on September 22nd, 2012 8:02 pm

    I personally know the people who lives there and they take good care of the dogs they own and loved them dearly! The owner of the home has a BIG HEART and clould not have a dog put down at the shelter. I have been in their home and their dogs were not aggressive at all. The dog that was shot was not their dog but a dog that was DROPPED off on a dirt road by their house and they were taking care of it and feeding the dog that someone who is worthless and abandon an animal. Oh it is soooo cute when they are puppies but when they get bigger Oh we don’t want it anymore. Lets drop it off somewhere. So you people who know nothing about what is going on, need to mind your own business. As far as the plants -they do not need to explain anything to you the public! You do not know their business so quit making judgement about something that is not your business.

  18. Bob on September 22nd, 2012 6:36 pm

    I never cease to be amazed at pit bull/terrier mix owners who post these little testimonials to the good behavior of their attack dog, as if that negates the nearly daily accounts of vicious maulings. Congrats on living another day in one piece. You are truly blessed. It doesn’t address the issue though.

  19. renee on September 22nd, 2012 12:07 pm

    i have a pitbull and there not bad dogs . people make them bad to they can protect family , i also have germans shepherds and if you come in my fenced yard they will bit you and want let up until we tell them to release you.cops give pitts a bad name also, i feel like alot of pitts are killed because of there breed,and i would like to correct what someone else said, you cannot be sued if someone gets bit on you land, if you have it posted bad dog animal control dont us that. so dont beleive everything you here.thats keeping it real ……. animal lover.

  20. brandy on September 22nd, 2012 10:40 am

    Not all bulldogs are pits first of all and I presume they have not done blood test to confirm the dogs breed. However the dog is not at fault here it is the owner not the breed. I have a friend who breeds razors edge pits and has anywhere from 40-60 at his home any given week. Not a single one has ever bitten anything other than o bone or kibbles and bits. The one thing I do know for a fact is the number 1 bitter is a lab and number 2 is a Dalmatian. Do your homework people, pittbulls just make the news.

  21. 429SCJ on September 22nd, 2012 9:01 am

    If your pit bull gets loose and becomes agressive with me, I am going to shoot it full of holes. If you don’t like it, well then you can have it your way too.

    For those of you that own pit bulls and have a mortgage on your home, when your pit bull attacks someone and your homeowners insurance has to pay damages, they are going to cancell your policy and notify the loan company. The loan company will give you X number of hours to obtain coverage and nobody is going to write such a high risk policy. The loan company is going to call in your mortgage and you will have to pay off the loan or vacate.

    Pretty colas that won’t see the first frost.

  22. disturbed on September 22nd, 2012 8:11 am

    There is a reason why pitt bulls are labeled a viscious breed. Common sense here people. That dog was there to keep people out for a reason.

    Good people dont grow drugs in their backyard!! Selling or personal use….it is al illegal!!
    I am wondering how many of you are smoking something……

  23. countywide on September 22nd, 2012 8:07 am

    I am sorry an animail had to be put down’but if it was trying to hurt someone after killing another pet it needed it. Any animail that has been abused is more then likley to be mean. If the police found drugs while doing their job, then arresting the owner’s deserve to be in jail. North escambia is just giving reports that they have been given,and are not picking on any pitbull owners. So people get over it!!

  24. Child of the 60's on September 22nd, 2012 7:41 am

    The problem with Pitt Bulls are the owners. They were bred to be vicious fighters – they can be nice but the instinct to be what they are is always going to be there. They need a owner that knows how to control them. I’m so sorry the lady lost her dog. The Pitt Bull was just doing what he was taught to do. So sad 2 dogs lost their lives.

  25. Jane on September 22nd, 2012 7:23 am

    I never thought pit bulls were bad dogs until one came into my yard, attacked my cat (a huge vet bill) and then started after me when I was on the porch. I had to jump back into the house and even then he tried to get inside. No one seems to know who he belongs to. Talk about unfair…now some of us are afraid in our own yards.

  26. jjones on September 22nd, 2012 6:43 am

    Wow it would be a story if a cat,duck,bear,deer, or,donkey, was shot and 4 pot plants found .Ridiculous

  27. Judge the Deed, Not the Breed on September 22nd, 2012 6:01 am

    Just last week, a GOLDEN RETRIEVER was on legal hold in the Escambia County Animal Shelter for killing someone’s Yorkie who was on a leash. ANY dog is capable of killing. The FACT that the *Pit Bull* owner had other dogs in varying stages of distress potentially speaks volumes as to why this one attacked and killed.

  28. mrsreader on September 22nd, 2012 5:47 am

    It don’t make any difference what kind of dog it was they are just like people Good ones and bad ones and some just have a dark side you may not ever see until it is to late

  29. c.w. on September 22nd, 2012 5:24 am

    The cops shot the wrong thing. Its not the dog but the owner. The dog dose not any better, but the owner does or should. Hold the owner responcible for their stupidity!

  30. NoneYaBusiness on September 21st, 2012 11:43 pm

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Pitbulls are not bad dogs. Dont care what any of you say. I think it’s absolutely crazy that this is blowin up all over Northescambia because it was a pitbull. ANY dog can be vicious! Even the little cute ones that everyone loves! These people are not bad people.. They just made bad mistakes. Nobody’s perfect.

  31. BA on September 21st, 2012 11:29 pm

    Seems like people are more concerned with defending the honor of criminals and the pit bull name than some poor lady who lost her dog.

    I agree it’s more the owners fault than the dog’s.

    I had to count to be sure, but these great folks have 4 more pot plants in their backyard than I do.

  32. Kevin Merrritt on September 21st, 2012 10:06 pm

    @JE….if you really know these people then why didnt you offer assistance to the dogs. Second if they took great precautions to keep dogs locked up then how did one get out. The temperment of the animal is a direct reflection of the owner and how it was raised. Third, it doesnt matter what the pot is used for its still illegal. Also, it wasnt an illegal search and no warrant is required for probable cause. The dog was vicious and other animals observed were of various degrees of neglect. The pot plants are taken as evidence of further criminal activity. As far as pending charges….all findings are taken to states attornney and they will decide what charges will be applied. The delay has nothing to do with the legality of the seizures and findings. They maybe your friends and they maybe good people but facts are facts, they did illegal stuff.

  33. just me on September 21st, 2012 9:14 pm

    personally been there several times working on things for this family.yes they did have 1 bad bull dog but I never had a problem with him.the other ones they had were just big babies and none of there dogs were in “distress” as I could tell. But then again I didn’t see the pot plants either. I will just say everyone at the house seems to be nice and really do care fore those dogs. I bet they are more upset about the dogs than a few pot plants.

  34. just me on September 21st, 2012 8:35 pm

    I work for a veterinary office and we see ALL types of dogs. It is not necessarily the breed. We had a lab come in that had turned on it’s family. Sad story.

  35. pls on September 21st, 2012 8:03 pm

    My son owns a red nosed pit and she is the most loving dog I have ever known. She gives kisses and high fives. I know pits can turn on anyone, but all pits are not bad. I think alot of pits being labeled “bad dogs” is the way they are raised. My sons pit is strictly an inside dog. She is almost 9 yrs old and has never been on a runner or has never stayed even one night outside. She goes out for exercise and play. She will lay on her Saints pillow and watch the game, just like she knows what is going on. She is a very spoiled “baby”. She knows me as grandma and I am proud for her to be my “granddog”.

  36. Joani on September 21st, 2012 7:43 pm

    The deputies were called because….” The dog was loose in the victim’s yard and had attacked and killed her dog.” Seems to me the dog was aggressive enough to enter a yard and kill the neighbor’s dog.

    Aggressiveness in an animal has a hell of a lot to do with the breed, how the dog is raised, and whether or not the dog was inbred…not all dog owners are responsible individuals. The pit breed can be very dangerous if not bred and raised properly.

  37. Pit's Pal on September 21st, 2012 6:52 pm

    “Escambia County deputies responded to a complaint about an aggressive put bull about 9 a.m. at a residence in on Highway 29 near Cotton Lake Road. Th dog was loose in the victim’s yard and had attacked and killed her dog.”(sic)

    Read the article people….the deputies RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT ABOUT AN AGGRESSIVE “PIT BULL”. Not a Golden Retriever, or a Poodle or a Pug or a marijuana plant……an aggressive Pit Bull.


  38. Brutus on September 21st, 2012 6:37 pm

    @ William- How did they identify the breed to be a Pit Bull? By sight?
    @ scooby- Nobody is blaming another breed, We are simply saying that the media has improperly giving the Pit Bull breed a bad name. The last temperament testing done actually had the Pitbull breed as #3. 3rd best temperament out of ALL breeds. But Im not gonna get deep into this because Id just be wasting breath. My point is just this, Full Blooded pits are very safe dogs. This dog was put down because it being violent. I understand that and applaud LEO”s for doing it. But just because it looks like a pit doesnt mean it is a pit because mutts are commenly mistaken for Pits. I would just like to know 100% that it was a full blooded pit before another unfounded and damaging article is written about this great breed. Its only fair!

  39. chris1 on September 21st, 2012 6:28 pm

    Pit bulls like any big dog can and many times are violent.
    It always amuses me” pit bulls are not violent”


  40. Scooby Doo on September 21st, 2012 5:34 pm

    So you guys are saying a lab, poodle or some other type of dog was involved and not a pitnecause the pits you own are not aggressive. So the deputies are just sayin it’s a pit to make a story for NorthEscambia.com. Wow.

  41. Ann on September 21st, 2012 5:31 pm

    “Chihuahua shot by deputies, pot plants found…” Just doesn’t have the same headline grabbing attention does it.

  42. William on September 21st, 2012 5:22 pm

    The dog was identified as a pit bull by the Sheriff’s Office.

  43. Brutus on September 21st, 2012 5:12 pm

    Well said Joey! I also own REAL pitbulls and they are not violent. With any breed there are “bad apples” and in this case it sounds like this dog was one of them. The problem is how do they know it was actually a pit? Did the owner have papers on it? If so then it would shock me that it was agressive because full blooded pits dont usually act out like that. The problem is you get all these mutts that kind of look like a pit and society labels them as pits to sell stories. Thats wrong. If this dog was a papered pit then this would be a rare occasion. Im willing to bet it was just a mutt and ignorant people blaming a good breed because of media attention.

  44. JE on September 21st, 2012 5:06 pm

    I personally know these people. They take great precautions for the dogs not to get out. For as long as they have been there and this being the first incident should tell people isolated incident. As far as the pot, sounds like personal use cultivation. The dogs in the back some were in poor health , they take care of sick neglected dogs the best they can. Most of which were saved from a horrible death. My question is with the pot and that many ” neglected dogs’ as the sheriff says, did the deputies have a warrant sounds like the search and seizure is flawed because nobody has been charged, charges are pending. Lastly I agree with Joey, almost anyone reading this knows dogs are killed often and by numerous breeds not to mention how many of you know people who shoot beat or dispatch dogs in other manners just for being in their yard. These are good people, yes their pet killed another dog doesn’t make them hardcore criminals.

  45. JOEY on September 21st, 2012 4:51 pm

    I like your style Mike! A pitbull raised right is an awesome dog. I love the breed, and I have rehabilitated a bad one. It’s tough, but possible. The owner is the one to blame here, not the breed. The dogs don’t get that way on there own!

  46. Pit Bull Owner on September 21st, 2012 4:49 pm

    I must agree w/what Joey says. I have 2 pit bulls who both have been attacked by a black lab. One of them attacked so bad he had to have surgery & stay at the vet for a while. They were attacked one seperate days & didn’t fight back b/c they’re used to playing. But you’re right Joey, black labs or any other “family” dog wouldn’t make good news

    Pit bull owner

  47. mike on September 21st, 2012 4:39 pm

    It would be hard to get golden to be mean. Not the case with pits. Glad the owner got busted and a mean pit is dead.

    Signed pit bulls raised right lover

  48. JOEY on September 21st, 2012 4:29 pm

    While I am glad the drugs were found and the dog that attacked and killed the neighbors dog has been dealt with, I can only wonder that if the dog was a Golden Retriever, or a Hound Dog of some type what the article would be labled. Would the label be changed to “Golden Retriever shot by deputies” or “dog shot by Deputies”???

    I have a feeling it would be the latter..

    If a person is shot do you say “a white man was shot” or “a black man was shot”??NO YOU DON’T!! You would keep it neutral so as to not tick of the general public. Why are you guys not keeping it neutral??(northescambia.com)

    I also find it very interesting that the first thing in the label was about a legally owned dog, and not the deputies finding the illegal plants. Way to go Deputies and I am glad that you did not get hurt..For the record, I would have done the same if this animal was trying to hurt me or anyone else within my control..

    Pit Bull Lover

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