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Deaf woman slept through five-hour gun siege

July 21, 2007

 After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside.

A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms.

But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn’t a gunman.

Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off.

Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Hayle, Cornwall, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police that a gunman was inside.

“I don’t know what happened – I was asleep but then this dog was all over me,” she said. “I got bitten on both of my arms. I was terrified.”

Her father Esmond, 67, added: “Sonia is hard of hearing and is also very difficult to wake up once she is asleep. It looks like she was attacked by a crocodile, not a dog.”

Miss Pellow was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm but released without charge.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the matter would be investigated if she made a complaint.

He added: “Police negotiators had been at the scene trying to make contact with anyone inside the house for several hours.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=469879&in_page_id=1770

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  1. Dave
    July 21, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Dumb cops , why didnt they ask the neighbors who lived in the house?

  2. NightOwl
    July 21, 2007 at 5:11 am

    Sue, sue, and sue! (unless she actually have an illegal gun)

    Interesting story, shouldn’t be in DeafRead EXTRA section…I’ll vote this one.

  3. Karrie
    July 21, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Bet they are rookie cops.

  4. July 22, 2007 at 1:41 am

    It happens in England, can they sue?

    R-

  5. July 22, 2007 at 8:55 am

    The police dog should be euthanized.

  6. Billythegoat
    July 22, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Ridor, good question. I wonder myself too.

  7. mtnlady
    July 23, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Maybe someone who knew she’s deaf and and threated her, “Make fun of deafies” That’s not right!!! She should sue someone who did that…

  8. Basslakes71
    July 24, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I agreed with Mtnlady. What a mess. I hope she is alright. If I were in her shoes, SUE THEIR BUTTS OFF!!!

  9. Diane
    July 24, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    How terrible for Miss Pellow … but police dog should not be euthanized!! The cops are the one who should be punished for this!!! I hope she files the lawsuit against the Police Department.

  10. Lisa Marie
    July 24, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    I think Dave is right that the cops should ask the neighbors about the house…if they tell the cops that the lady is deaf, they’d know what to do the right way. It’d save their time.
    And I don’t think the police dog needed to be euthanized. No, because the police dog obeyed the cops and they should be responsible for that, not the dog.

  11. David Galyean
    July 29, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah I know it’s OLD NEWS on a daily basis! Usually the training coordinator/specialist themselves aren’t deaf at all!

    They “THINK THEY DO KNOW EVERYTHING”. The hearing audience LOOK UP TO THEM! all the times and praising them for passing their evulation, training academy before going into law enforcement type of work RIGHT?? HA HA GET REAL!!!!

    They don’t LEARN one thing: how to handle the D I V E R S I T Y issues, Only know everything as taught in hearing world! That’s my most PET PEEVE!!!!!!!!

    Over the time and years, They relaize they’ve indeed missed out many porption of training segement that they’ve needed! wasting their time working for aboustely NOTHING sometimes end up getting sued or fired from the job itself.

    Now hearies…WAKE UP and relaize that the earth isn’t ONLY AVAILABLE to:hearing people! God create D I V E R S I T Y that MEANT!!!!!! it is shared by everyone!!!!!!!! For heaven sake, What’s wrong with you, hearing people????

    If hearing people have top notch hearing level, WHY CAN’T THEY EVEN LISTEN??? to diversity of people’s common, expression, statement, words????? That’s my other pet peeve as a deaf citizen myself.

    Hopefully it’s something you will take time to stop and think about what you have done to many varities type of people: be it deaf, be it blind, be it black, be it handicap be it woman blah blah blah 🙂 Let’s make living enviornment much better and smooth sailing world to live in WITHOUT STUPID barrier, discrimination, lack of diversity training, furthermore details to go on.

    See ya,

    David

  12. PRIS ANDERSON
    July 30, 2007 at 10:52 am

    THERE IS A WAY TO LET THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOUR ADDRESS SO THEY WILL POST IT ON THEIR COMPUTERS.

    SIMPLY BY CALLING 911 AND SAY IT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY BUT YOU WANT THEM TO BE AWARE OF YOUR BEING DEAF. I DID THAT AFTER MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE AND THEY SAID THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO PUT IT ON THEIR COMPUTERS. I HAD CALLED 911 FEW TIMES AND THE PARAMEDICS WERE VERY NICE AND THINGS WENT SMOOTHLY BECAUSE THE INFORMATION ALERTED THEM TO THE FACT WE ARE DEAF.

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