Owner defended then apologized for dog attack

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The owner of a pit bull defended the dog’s aggressive behavior following its attack of two people, according to police testimony Tuesday in the woman’s reckless conduct trial.

Shalayne Doss is accused of allowing the dog to attack Connie Ijams as Ijams and her husband, Scott, delivered phone books in October 2012 in the 1200 block of Orchard Road, Bloomington.

Bloomington Police Officer Brent Smallwood testified that Doss told him the dog was “just doing what he’s supposed to do, protecting her and the apartment.”

The dog’s aggressive and threatening behavior continued after it was put inside the apartment, said Smallwood.

“It wanted to come for us — no question about that,” the officer told the jury. Doss was informed by police that the dog would be shot if it moved toward others, he said.

The owner’s response to that warning, said Smallwood, was “shooting the dog was like shooting one of her children.”

In a written statement provided to police, Doss said she was sorry the attack took place. She said she was “covered in blood from top to bottom” during her efforts to control the animal.

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