The latest story revolves around a two-year-old pit bull mix named Benny. His owner, Arvada's Paul Willis, admits that Benny was aggressive, attacking a neighbor's dog when he tried to introduce the two animals. Then, earlier this week, Benny got loose and went after the neighbor's dog again. The neighbor managed to briefly separate the two, but when Benny immediately resumed the assault, he hit him in the head with the claw end of a hammer. Says Willis, "Benny was still alive and panting on the sidewalk. And then the neighbor said, 'Do you want to finish him off or should I?'"
In the end, animal-control officers euthanized Benny at the scene.
No charges have been filed against the neighbor. But what about Benny? Was he an unruly dog of the sort that can pop up in any breed? Or once-living proof that pit bulls as a group are a danger to communities? Judge for yourself after watching the Channel 31 report below: