JAMESTOWN – A man, who will be charged with hanging a pit bull, said that he did it because the dog became aggressive and he had to to protect his children.
“The dog made a couple of attempts to be aggressive,” said Robert Overton. “The first time he bite me, which is fine because dogs do that, the second time he went after my daughter and he bite her on the butt, but never broke the skin.”
Overton said he hanged the dog (named Champagne) in the beginning of the winter after a third incident.
“The third time it happened, he got aggressive with me about 2-2:30 in the morning, and when you’re dealing with spur of the moment things, you’re dealing with life or death,” Overton said. “It’s about me and my kids and that dog, and I chose my kids.”
He admitted that the dog deserved a proper burial.
“In the heat of the moment, I did what I had to do as a parent,” Overton said.
Overton refuted that he has a history of violence against animals, saying only that he has cared for many pit bulls during his lifetime. He added that during a recent stint on parole, dogs were therapeutic in him not violating the terms of his release.
Overton admitted to us that he didn’t think about calling the humane society when the dog allegedly attacked him for the third time.
“When the dog got aggressive, it was me against the animal,” he said. “It wasn’t me against the family dog anymore; it was me against the animal and protecting my family.”
Jamestown Police have said they will release more details on Thursday afternoon.
We will continue to provide as much information as we can regarding this particular case.
Reporters Justin Gould and Matt Hummel contributed to this report.