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Biloxi police respond to recent dog attacks

Police said Coco was attacked by three pitbulls. (Photo source: WLOX News) Police said Coco was attacked by three pitbulls. (Photo source: WLOX News)

For the third time in less than two months Biloxi police have responded to dog attacks all involving pitbulls. One officer was seriously injured in the hand during one attack. The most recent incident happened Wednesday afternoon.

“Every time I came home she was the first thing to bark at me,” Dshawn Hamilton recalled the fun loving family dog named Coco.

Dshawn was at work when three pitbulls broke into his fence and attacked Coco. Dshawn said the dog was closest to his grandmother who had to watch in horror as the brutal attack happened. 

"Surprising, actually that they got through the gate, very surprising,” Dshawn said.

Officers who responded shot at the pack and were able to break them up.

"He actually shot at one of the dogs. It ran off. He shot at the other dog thought he had hit it. It ran off. But the third dog refused to let go of the animal that it was chewing on and so he ended up shooting that dog several times,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

Though Coco survived the attack her owners said they couldn't afford the high cost to save her life.

"I had to make the heart wrenching decision to put my dog down knowing that this was my mother's companion for the last 15 years. And I was going to have to go home and tell my mom that her dog hadn't made it and I had to make that decision simply because you could not keep your dogs in your yard,” said Dshawn's mother Adlay Hamilton.

Chief Miller said dogs like those that attacked Coco are considered vicious if they attack humans or other animals or if it's perceived that a dog will attack. The police chief said shooting an animal is always a last resort.

"I certainly don't want the impression that people think we relish in discharging our weapon into an animal. It's just absolutely not true,” said Chief Miller.

The lovable dog that once greeted her owner's right here is now buried in the back yard. Biloxi police said the owner of the three pitbulls will face misdemeanor charges for leash law violations because the dogs were not on a leash and were not kept in a restricted area. WLOX News learned two of the dogs involved in the attack are still alive, however is dead.

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