Police shoot pit bull during Middletown drug busts and make multiple arrests

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A pit bull was shot and injured by a Middletown police officer who was serving a drug search warrant at a home Wednesday morning.

Authorities entered a home in the 1800 block of Manchester Avenue minutes before 10:30 a.m. Four pit bulls, were just inside the home, according to Journal-News.

"One of the dogs squared off at an officer, came toward him, and he fired one round hitting the dog in the muzzle,” Lt. Scott Reeve said.

The dog ran to the rear of the home, and was taken to a nearby vet for treatment to his wound.

The dog's owner, Kim King, acknowledged that the dog had acted more aggressively lately, and chose to have the dog euthanized so it didn't hurt anyone, according to Lt. Jim Cunningham.

Officers kept the other three dogs away by using a fire extinguisher.

Cunningham said several arrests were made during the search warrants at two homes within the same block on Manchester Avenue.

At the home where the dogs were kept, 42-year-old King was charged with permitting use of crack-cocaine. A 17-year-old was charged with possession of crack-cocaine. Sarah Landers, 24, was charged with two counts of child endangering and permitting use of crack-cocaine.

Police took two young children from the home, and Cunningham said detectives would work with Butler County Children's Services to follow up with their removal and care.

At the other residence, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Jordan Oatneal with permitting heroin use and child endangering. James Smith, 18, was charged with heroin possession, possession of drug instruments, drug paraphernalia and child endangering. Veasha Calhoun, 18, was charged with permitting heroin use.

Investigators would continue to work with the neighborhood's residents, and could file more charges, Cunningham said.


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