Thursday, March 27, 2008
Cleveland, OH - Four pit bulls threatening people in three different Cleveland neighborhoods consumed more than an hour of three patrolmen's morning shift. With thousands of the dogs living in Cleveland, calls about them running loose are common, but this morning was over the top.
The officers were poised in each case to shoot the dogs, but dog wardens arrived quickly and were able to catch the dogs with nooses on long poles. Between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., a dog in the 900 block of Ansel Road charged pedestrians and the responding officer; two dogs charged people and an officer in the 800 block of Lakeview Road; and a dog chased a woman into her car in the 800 block of Lakeview Avenue.
On Saturday, a pit bull attacked and seriously injured a 7-year-old girl in the 5800 block of Dibble Avenue. The dog escaped from a house and attacked the girl, who was visiting relatives, Chief Dog Warden John Baird said. She was treated for bites to her head, face and shoulders. The Cleveland.com writer goes on to point out statistics found on DogsBite.org, including:
- Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments - United States, 2001
- Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, US & Canada September 1982 - November 7, 2007
03/26/08: 03/20-26/08: Pit Bulls Shot by Police
03/25/08: On the Heels of Another Attack - Proposal Expected Soon
03/25/08: Pit Bull Attack Victim Still Healing After 10 Months
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