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Woman strikes plea deal after shooting dog

Posted June 3, 2011

— A Durham woman facing a felony animal cruelty charge for shooting a dog that mauled her 2-year-old child pleaded guilty this week to a lesser charge.

Tasheka Laquon Beatty said she killed the pit bull, named Moo Moo, on Jan. 11 after it bit her daughter in the mouth and then tried to attack the girl's father.

She called animal control the next day to have it picked up, but it was still alive, police said.

Beatty pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge of failing to tether an animal and was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $133 in court costs.

Beatty's daughter recovered from the attack.


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  • dreamon680 Jun 8, 2011

    Beatty said she brought all 6 pit bulls ( 5 of her own and the puppy) inside because of the extreme low temperatures the night before. The puppy had just enough slack in its outdoor chain to lie just inside the back door where it was slept the night. He was sleeping When Latalya climbed on top of him. With no way of getting away from the little girl he struck out and bit.

    All Beatty had to do was open the back door and the dog would have ran outside. But no – she had to shoot the poor thing in his face and left him suffering outside in the cold for over 24 hours before animal control came out to pick him up.

    There were 3 adults in the house at the time – why wasn’t any one charged with child neglect? It is “their” fault the child was bitten in the first place. Why weren’t the dogs in a locked area so if the adults were too lazy to get up with the child at least she would have been safe in the house on her own?

    When Beatty took her daughter into emergency was B

  • bru333 Jun 3, 2011

    I would have shot the dog too. Her only mistake was not making sure the dog was dead at the time she shot it. That is why they charged her with animal cruelty. The dog lay wounded all night.

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 3, 2011

    There has to be something missing from this story. The dog attacks her child and her husband and SHE'S charged for shooting the dog??? Somebody's dog comes after me or my family and I'm dropping that dog like a bad habit!!

  • jennvansickle Jun 3, 2011

    This is completely ridiculous...I have paid more for a speeding ticket.

    "The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated." -Gandhi

  • NoObamaCare Jun 3, 2011

    She reacted from emotions. Being a parent, I would act accordingly if anyone or anything hurt my child...ever see the movie A Time To Kill?! That was days after the fact, and he was just in what he did!

  • TITAN4X4 Jun 3, 2011

    Where are the charges against the dog? The dog wilfully attacked the child. I want charges filed against this beast imediately!!

  • rescuefan Jun 3, 2011

    Sorry, she shot the dog before taking the child to the hospital. I guess she wasn't all that worried about the child's injuries if she took the time to go out and shoot a dog that was tied in the back yard.

  • iwannaseethereceipts Jun 3, 2011

    Poor little baby :( I hope she doesn't have any permanent damage from the attack.

  • clickhere Jun 3, 2011

    rough call, farmers shoot dogs for killing chickens, is that cruelty? If a dog bit a child in my family, I'd be tempted to shoot it, especially if it was a neighbors. If it was my dog, it likely wouldn't be around the next day, maybe I'd call a vet. In this case I wouldn't worry about the father, he probably went for the dog after the dog bit the kid, bad choice.

  • rescuefan Jun 3, 2011

    There is a whole back story that's not being included here. The woman was sleeping and the child went out into the yard where the dog was tied and sleeping and the child fell onto the dog, which is when the dog bit. The woman took the child to the hospital and then came home and then shot the dog. She admitted to knowing the dog was still alive but didn't call AC until the next day.

    So yes, her actions constituted cruelty and she deserved to be charged. If she had shot the dog while trying to save her child, it would have been a whole different story.