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Sticky's danger dog shot dead by police

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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A NOTORIOUS dog was shot dead by a police marksman after it went on the rampage.

The massive Rottweiler cross Chunga, who stood as tall as a man when on his back legs, tried to get into a Hayle pub.

Chunga's owner, homeless Sticky Sgwidget Mushroom O'Rourke, had gone away, leaving the dog in Hayle in the care of a friend.

However, Inspector Mark Richards said the man rang the police on the night of October 7 after Chunga became aggressive and "went roaming".

The dog tried to get into the Copperhouse Inn, and licensee Andrew Willetts said staff closed the door on him.

Mr Willetts said: "One of our regulars was going to go up to him, but the dog went crazy.

"The police were chasing it down the road.

"It was a big dog; apparently it was 6ft standing up."

Chunga's alarming behaviour prompted an armed response by concerned police.

Inspector Richards said: "Having assumed the dog could pose a threat to the public, we dispatched an armed officer just before 11pm.

"Because of the threat to the public and the police a decision was taken that the dog could be disposed of if there was no way of safely securing it."

Chunga was tracked to a field in St Erth and shot dead with a rifle at 12.15am on October 8.

The animal was removed from the scene and is being stored by police.

Police said situations in which they had to resort to shooting a dog were minimal, and this was the first such incident in Cornwall this year.

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  • cassandra479  |  January 02 2013, 1:18PM

    I chanced on this article while browsing and read it because of what happened to me. While the owner was in prison Chunga lunged at me and bit me in the stomach. In that split second I thought it was the end. I ran back to my bedsit. The people looking after Chunga promised that from then on he would be muzzled. I wished Chunga no harm, and made no complaint. Obviously, that promise was broken. I'm glad it was me bitten, not a young child. As a 50 year old five foot tall woman, I was probably about as intimidating as a young child. If only that promise had been kept.

  • buzzzz  |  October 30 2012, 7:10PM

    If doesn't matter what size the dog is. If it becomes uncontrolable the police or farmer has a right of shoot to kill, along with the idiotic owners who think 'the bigger the dog, the harder the man (or boy).

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  • goliath_david  |  October 30 2012, 6:55PM

    If the person looking after the dog had the sense to call the police then it must have caused them to be worried, hence why the police took the action of shooting it. Better that than have to explain to someone why they let the dog carry on and injure someone severely.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  October 29 2012, 7:40PM

    loh6960, If this was your dog why weren't you looking after it, if you were responsible for it then this would not have happened. You are responsible for his death then boyo!

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  • barrtribe  |  October 29 2012, 5:22PM

    Just like to clarify the dog i was taling about was not the one in the article after re reading it may have apperaed that way.

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  • barrtribe  |  October 29 2012, 5:21PM

    He posed a threat; do we wait until it kills or savages someone. I have scars on my arm; woulda had my throat. Walked passed the dog hundreds of times delivering milk, it quite often growled a little under its breath so to speak. Normaly i would just ignore it and walk by this one day it came towards me in a more friendly way wagging its tail so I stopped. Next minute it attacked me. The dog wasn't put down. The next day it ripped the belly out of another dog. Ironically it was put down then. Just because the dog is o one day doesnt mean it wont suddenly turn. This has been shown time and time again on the news. Family pets suddenly turning round and maul the kids. adults it was playing with yesterday. Weather you like it or not or how upsetting it is the Police did the right thing. No dog is worth the life or safety of a person.

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  • dloh6960  |  October 29 2012, 4:29PM

    i actually suggest you shut up, you know nothing about my dad or that dog. he wasnt dangerous, so keep your opinion to yourself.

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  • Longdogger  |  October 25 2012, 10:23PM

    You can't compare a small dog to a big dog in terms of the danger that they pose - it's like comparing a cap gun to a magnum. I think what owners of big dogs don't always appreciate is how threatening they come across to a lot of people. I would equate having a big dog in public to walking around with a gun. It doesn't matter what the dog may or may not do - it is threatening and antisocial and simply not necessary. Too many innocent people have been injured by dogs and that simply should not happen in today's society. I get that it must be upsetting if this was your dog, but you can't blame the police - they are there to protect the public.

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  • ToadieGraham  |  October 25 2012, 9:54PM

    Met Sticky and Chunga ( and more recently Orla ) on many occasions in Redruth. Great guy who really loved his dogs. Chunga was a big dog, of Mastiff type ( we have an English Mastiff and a Dogue De Bordeaux ) and whilst Chunga could be a bit of a handful and would bark at other dogs, he always seemed great with people. Most people see a big dog and automatically think dangerous dog. Lets face it, corner a chihuahua and it will bark and yap and come out fighting. Many a time a small dog would bark at ours and pull on the lead to get to them. If ours were to act the same, they would be accused of being dangerous...double standards. Chunga was obviously distressed and could have possibly been brought under control with the right approach and handling. Our thoughts are with Sticky.

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  • dloh6960  |  October 25 2012, 7:16PM

    whoever wrote this artice is a ******* idiot. before you judge, this was MY dog.

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