Cincinnati, OH - It was reported Monday that a pit bull in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge viciously attacked its owner. Police say Joyce Mitchell was walking her pet pit bull when she slipped on ice, thus triggering a violent attack. Neighbors rushed out of their homes with hammers and shovels to beat the dog off Mitchell. The woman tried to secure her dog to a phone poll but was unable. A police officer finally gained control of the dog.
"Billy Rogers is one of the neighbors: "And I looked around looked in the car got a hammer and came down here to help her, that's all I could do was try to get the dog off of her...looked like the dog was too vicious, and some other neighbors came and tried to help too...we got shovels and tried to get the dog away from her...but he was still attacking, then the other polices came and damn..."
Nieko Payne grabbed a shovel. "When I came out she had the dog wrapped around the pole and the dog started unwrapping itself and coming after her again and I hit the dog in the face and the police grabbed the leash and he wrapped it around the tree to keep the dog until the ambulance got here but... It had a big piece of her."
Cincinnati reinstated1 its pit bull ban in 2003.
Mitchell's pit bull may or may not have been covered under its grandfather clause. Yet she chose to own a pit bull and has now suffered serious injury because of it. As spoken by Cincinnati victim Meredith Green last year, "I haven't really been an advocate of the pit bull ordinance until now. I used to feel badly for the dogs but I can see now that a pit bull is a huge responsibility and there's too much danger. Nothing was gonna stop those dogs. Nothing."
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