Pit Bull Shot, Later Dies

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A pet dog was shot and killed on a city street, and neighbors now question why it had to happen.

Neighbors in Wilkes-Barre are trying to wrap their heads around what happened early Sunday morning. A massive pit bull that was known in the neighborhood for giving sweet kisses was shot and later died.

That pit bull went by the name Batman, and he's now buried behind his owner's house a day after being shot for allegedly attacking a couple and their dog. The woman who shot Batman tells police she feared for her safety.

Blood stains remain at the intersection of Brook and Regent Streets in Wilkes-Barre. Nearby, a freshly dug grave sits in the backyard of an apartment building with a grave marker that reads: "Batman."

Batman is the large, gray pit bull that police say was shot around 8 a.m. Sunday.

A woman told police that while she and her boyfriend were walking their dog, Batman got away from one of its owners and started attacking. The victim, who legally owned her gun, fired two shots, hitting Batman once.

People say Batman was well known in the neighborhood.

"Very friendly dog, but it was a big dog, so people were afraid of it. I had seen it in this area a couple of times and it was friendly, but because of the size, people were afraid of it," Greg Winslow said.

Batman is now buried behind the apartment. His leashes are on top of the marker. Originally, animal enforcement responded to the incident and brought Batman to a local animal hospital.

"When we got there, they said the dog lost so much blood that it's best that we just put it down," Winslow said. "Stuff like this should never happen in this area. We have enough problems with people just dumping animals and not wanting to take care of them, let alone killing them."

Animal enforcement tells Newswatch 16 the owner of the dog faces a citation for the dog not being under control. Police say there was no violation of the law when the woman fired shots.

17 comments

  • Bobbi Hobensack

    How bout you post the whole story? Where was the husband? Where was her dog? How is her dog? What did the owners of the pity do during the alleged attack?
    Finding all this to be an unfinished report and is putting out more hate on pitbulls! Rediculous!

  • peatermoss

    Pit bull owners defend the breed, however there is a reason that most dogs in animal shelters are either pit bulls or a pit bull mix, and I don’t think that they are there because they are very friendly.

    • gutterratt

      I know right? So sad a sight to see when one visits a shelter. But I wouldn’t adopt one either. It seems unfair, however, it’s not like I would adopt a rattlesnake either!

    • sophia_ (@sophia58561001)

      The reason so many are in shelters are because of people like you, who spread the word that they are dangerous even though they are not. So this results in nobody wanting them. Thanks, you are responsible for millions of unnecessarily euthanized dogs who could have gone to loving homes.

  • gutterratt

    “A woman told police that while she and her boyfriend were walking their dog, Batman got away from one of its owners and started attacking. The victim, who legally owned her gun, fired two shots, hitting Batman once.”
    So, lemme get this straight, the question was; “and neighbors now question why it had to happen.” and “Very friendly dog, but it was a big dog, so people were afraid of it. I had seen it in this area a couple of times and it was friendly, but because of the size, people were afraid of it,” Greg Winslow said.” and “A massive pit bull that was known in the neighborhood for giving sweet kisses was shot and later died.”
    Winslow says; “Stuff like this should never happen in this area. We have enough problems with people just dumping animals and not wanting to take care of them, let alone killing them.”
    BUT the dog GOT AWAY from it’s “responsible” owners and ATTAKCED someone who defended herself with a legit gun..so…what am I missing here?

  • Sandy Chlubna

    The link to this article was shared on a number of FB pages for people who hate dogs. They were literally sent here to throw doubt onto the story and rationalize the murder of Batman. Be alert for the following terms: mauling, mauler, land shark, and any references to dog bite, Animals 24 / 7, etc. Propaganda, just propaganda. RIP Batman….

    • pittielove1959

      Batman never attacked anyone. The woman who shot him was just another pit bull dog hater with a gun. They glorify it in their hate groups. Pat each other on the back if they get “another kill”. They get even more pats on the back if they can watch it suffer. They are sick dog haters with one agenda: To eradicate all dogs and now even cats from the face of the earth. For the exception for Sandy, every comment besides mine is from one of the dog hating cultists that are trying to take away all of our rights to own the breed of dog that we choose to. I am an animal advocate, and I am here to make sure that never, ever happens to anyone again. RIP Batman

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        Although most Pit Bulls aren’t aggressive toward humans, most of them ARE aggressive towards other dogs. It’s their nature. I seriously doubt that a gun owner responsible enough to get a CCW permit would just haul off and shoot another dog just because they don’t like the breed. Batman got loose and was attacking that woman’s dog, and maybe her and her boyfriend in the process before it was all over. She had the right to defend her dog, and she did.

  • Marisa Nordstrom

    The owner got his dog killed and more of them should be killed in neighborhoods everywhere cause pit cultists think they got something prove… and end up showing that they do not have a normal “pet” but a fighting breed beast.

  • Ed Buffington

    I notice that the article and the person interviewed did their best to direct sympathy to the Pitbull while no mention is made about the damage done to the other dog by this out of control menace. I’m familiar with the case and all the do-gooder Pitbull defenders are fools. And if ANY Pitbull gets close enough to my face to “give me kisses”, I guarantee he”ll be killed. This dog attacked and would not retreat. Report the whole story!!

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