12-Year Old Seriously Hurt
Cincinnati, OH - A 20-year-old man whose two pit bulls attacked and seriously wounded a 12-year-old boy last night will explain himself to a Hamilton County judge today. Joseph Goebel is being held at the county jail on charges of obstructing official business and failing to confine a vicious dog.
The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His name and condition was not released. Cincinnati police said Goebel failed to keep the dogs adequately restrained at his apartment building. After the boy, a relative of Goebel’s, was attacked, Goebel turned the dogs loose so they would not be captured for quarantine by a police officer and SPCA Cincinnati.
Cincinnati's new "Pit Bull Police" policy, couldn't come any quicker.
The "Pit Bull Police" policy is designed to make Cincinnati's pit bull ban stronger by putting trained police officers on the street in each police district. These officers will be trained by the SPCA to identify pit bull type dogs. That way, if a cop sees a pit bull, the dog can be seized immediately. It's clear as a bell that Goebel was harboring illegal dogs.
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