Pup mauled in shopping centre and security guard attacked
Some animal owners should not be allowed to have them but until something goes wrong no one can take the animals away from them.
I was working as a retail shopping guard in a Western suburb shopping mall known for its antisocial youth problems. These youths are usually aged 8 to 14 years and gather in groups up to twenty while they hang around the shops threatening people and generally acting tough.
There was regular group, as there always is, and I had gotten to know most of them. They had not been around for awhile and I was curious to know why. This type of thing can have impact on your centre because it could be the signs of a gang war, turf dispute, or some group bigger taking over soon.
Panic and screaming
One day I was patrolling around the outside car park areas and saw a female customer running to me screaming for help. I saw some blood on her. She told me that a group had set two pit bull dogs onto a german shepard inside the centre.
I radioed control and requested back up.
Going into the yelling and running
During the afternoons I worked alone but did carry a straight baton with a revolver for back up in this shopping centre. Like I said, it attracted some trouble occassionally.
I recognised the group of youths standing in a circle around two pit bulls attacking a young German Shepard. They were all laughing. I looked for the leader and saw an older male I didn't recognise. The dogs belonged to him because I could see the leads in his hand.
Other customers were crying and some vomiting.
The German Shepard
It belonged to a 16 year old female who was hysterical nearby and covered in blood as she tried to fix her dog. I could blood all along the tiles and some on the walls nearby. There was bits of matted hair and skin on the ground because the pit bulls had torn chunks of its flesh off.
My approach was noticed
As I went closer the group saw me and warned the older male about me. He just laughed and turned my way giving a verbal command for his dogs to attack me.
I have worked with trained security dogs of different kinds and I have worked with drug and bomb dogs throughout my services. One thing that is true to every dog is that they do not like to attack Alpha Dogs and nature gives them rules to live by. These rules overide most training.
I had a mission now
I didn't know who this male was but it was my mission to make sure he accounted for his crimes and I set my course towards the dogs with a quickstep I punched the first pit bull in the nose as it jumped towards me and sent it howling back to its handler.
The second pit bull was a bit slower then and I had my baton out by the time he attacked me. I snapped a quick strike to his jaw and knocked the dog out without much damage. Basically a pain overload strike. I live my life with respect to all animals and this male would be arrested for what he has done.
Seeing that his dogs were of no use to him the older male yelled for the group to attack me.
I could see that this older male had become the leader through some form of hero worship and the younger males wanted to play in the big leagues now. I started pushing my way straight through them and towards him.
With two strikes of my baton to his thighs I put the older male on the ground in lots of pain. He was crying and sobbing. The younger males were still trying to tackle me to the ground and I had trouble restraining the older male.
Help comes soon enough
As I was wrestling on the ground trying to restrain the male I felt another male join in and give me a hand in restraining him. The younger males then ran away as police sirens were heard coming.
The police came in and helped arranged the arrest and organising a vet for the animals.
My boss doesn't understand
While I was getting checked by the ambulance and giving my statements to the Police my security company boss arrived and was upset to say the least. He starting yelling at me that I had a revolver and should have used that to shoot the dogs and not tried anything fancy because they could have killed me.
The Police officers nearby were interested in our conversation and had moved closer to us.
I told my boss that it was a stupid suggestion to discharge a firearm inside a shopping centre with two groups of people moving around. In addition, I told him that I am considered an expert shot with weapons and I wouldn't have tried to shoot an accurate shot at two moving dogs from 5 metres away.
I decided that a baton was enough and it wasn't the dogs fault for attacking me.
He told me I was fired because I didn't shoot the dogs.
Police know better
The Police then intervened and told my boss he was an idiot. If I had fired my weapon inside the centre I could have killed a person and that I had made the right choice. The Police praised my work and I got to work with them on and off over the years.
My boss asked me to reconsider but I said no. I don't work for idiots.
The last I heard he had his ring finger bitten off because he tried to arrest a criminal armed with a crowbar. Nevermind that my old boss had fired over 12 shots and not hit the criminal, the criminal was on the ground at the time and less than 10 metres away stuck under a roller shutter.
The criminal got away.
© Copyright 2008 by Paul Baker
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Over twenty years security & risk management experience across Australia to protect corporate clients from critical incidents and security risks.
Previously served in the Military and expert in explosives, weapons, and information gathering techniques.
Achieved formal qualifications in a wide range of security risk management skills and commendations for crisis response operations
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