Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pit Bull Put Down After Attacking Neighbor Dogs, Woman in Clinton Township

MICHIGAN -- A pit bull has been put down and its owner will likely face charges after a Clinton Township woman reported to police the animal attacked her dogs, seriously injuring her Golden Retriever on Dec. 4.

Clinton Township police say the dog passed through two yards and across a street before jumping the victim’s fence in the 20000 block of Sharkey Street at around 8 p.m. Dec. 4.

Once in the yard, the victim told police the pit bull began attacking her dogs, biting her 1-year-old Golden Retriever in the chest and leg. The victim said she attempted to fight off the dog with a golf club, but it wouldn’t retreat, even following her into her home, according to the police report.

The victim was eventually able to get the animal out of her house, but did suffer abrasions on her arm from its attack, police say.

When officers arrived at the home shortly after the attack, they were able to get the pit bull in the back of a patrol car and transport it to the station to await Animal Control.

The Golden Retriever underwent emergency surgery for its wounds, which the owner says cost upwards of $400, according to the police report.

Detective Capt. Richard Maierle said he plans to turn a warrant over to the township attorney charging the pit bull’s owner with dog at large and harboring a vicious dog.

Maierle said the dog’s owner signed off on euthanizing the animal and the Macomb County Animal Shelter confirmed the procedure was done Thursday, Dec. 6.

The man is thought to own other pit bulls, according to the police report.

(Clinton Patch - December 7, 2012)