Dog Deemed Dangerous
Lawton, OK - In a developing story, a woman has been hospitalized after being attacked by a large pit bull inside her home. Firefighters and paramedics called to a northwest Lawton residence found the 48-year-old victim with severe bites on her arms, thighs, legs and face. The dog's owner kept the animal in the backyard while emergency responders cared for the woman, whose name and medical condition weren't released.
Animal welfare superintendent Rose Wilson says the dog has been deemed dangerous and was taken to the shelter, where it will be kept until officials can speak with the victim. Wilson says the normal protocol for handling a dangerous animal is for the owner to sign the animal over to the City or to fulfill requirements to keep a dangerous dog. Those include a properly locked enclosure and a $50,000 liability insurance policy.
DogsBite.org hopes the animal is turned over to the city to be euthanized. Certainly, had the dog attacked the owner, the owner would choose this route.
In other news:
Neighbor Saves Owner Being Attacked by His Pit Bull
Pines, FL - When Jonah Krueger was being attacked by his pit bull, he screamed for someone to shoot the dog. His neighbor Daniel Simpson complied and shot the dog in the head several times, killing it, according to police. An ambulance took Krueger, 23, to the hospital. Police, answering a 911 call, found Krueger lying on the ground in a nearby yard with injuries to his hand and foot. The dead dog was lying a short distance away.
Krueger's wife had previously been attacked by the dog.
Krueger told police he had let the dog outside, when it ran after another dog. When Krueger tried to stop his dog, the animal turned on him. Linda Martin, the other dog owner, got her dog inside and called 911. Nicholas Martin hit the dog with a rock, and neighbor Steven Ruess hit the dog over the head with a flashlight. The dog then attacked Krueger again. Krueger's wife, Brandy, said her foot had been injured from a recent attack by the dog.
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