Dog, woman attacked by neighbor's rescued pitbull

By Dorothy markulis | reporter Published:

Hudson -- An Oldham Way woman was treated by Hudson Emergency Medical Services for a lacerated left hand after she said she was bitten by a neighbor's pitbull July 13 shortly after 8 p.m. The pit bull also attacked a 25-pound cock-a-poo dog, Rudy, who belonged to another neighbor, according to the police report.

The woman required 10 stitches after she attempted to rescue Rudy from the pitbull. Rudy required 21 stitches for his wounds.

The pitbull's owner was charged with allowing an animal to run at large, a minor misdeamor. He pleaded not guilty July 21 at Stow Municipal Court. A trial date was set for Aug. 11 at 8:15 a.m. before Stow Magistrate John Clark.

According to the police report, the man said he was walking his dog when the dog wrestled away from him, slipping off his leash and attacked Rudy, who had run to the end of his driveway. The man said he repeatedly pressed the shock button on his collar, but it had no effect.

The report indicated the 70-pound pit bull's owners had rescued him in February from a rescue group in California. The couple told police the dog had not shown any prior aggression.

According to the report, the couple who owned the pitbull said they were in shock and felt horrible about the incident. They indicated they wanted to send the pit bull back to the rescue agency. The officer advised them they could not do that until the court decides what should happen to the dog.

Email: dmarkulis@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9436

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