Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ohio: Girl, 6, in critical condition after being attacked by Pit Bull. An off-duty corrections officer was originally hailed a hero for shooting the dog, but now it seems it belonged to him

OHIO -- Cleveland police are investigating an incident involving a family dog attack on Cleveland's west side.

The owner of the Pit Bull along with another resident was attacked by the dog.

The dog also attacked a 6-year-old girl, leaving her with multiple lacerations to the head and face.

The attack occurred on Tuesday around 9:40 p.m. on the 3900 block of W. 22nd Street.

When officers arrived, they found the dog behind the owner with multiple gunshot wounds and it appeared to still be breathing despite being unable to move, according the police report.

The 6-year-old girl was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with critical injuries. Doctors told police the girl's wounds will require surgery.

Deborah Peplin, who lives next door, told News 5 she was too scared to get out of her car a couple weeks ago because the Pit Bull was trying to cross over the fence into her yard.

"[It was like] the movie Carrie. From head to toe [she was covered in] blood… I was scared, I was crying I felt for the little girl," said Peplin, who filed a complaint after the first encounter with the dog.

According to the police report, the owner shot the dog four times. Cleveland police said the dog did not die from a gunshot wound and it was later taken to the city kennel along with a second dog retrieved from the house.

The two women attacked were also taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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ORIGINAL STORY -- An off-duty Cuyahoga County corrections officer is being called a hero after he shot a pit bull after it attacked two people, including a 6-year-old girl, in Cleveland Tuesday night, police said.

I wouldn't give him a hero tag if the Pit Bull belonged to him.

The dog attacked a 32-year-old woman and the girl about 9 p.m. at a home in the 3900 block of West 22nd Street in the city's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, Cleveland police said.

The girl is in critical condition, police said.

The woman owned the pit bull, police said.

Police did not give the names of the woman or the child.

They were both taken to MetroHealth Hospital for treatment, police said.

( - July 5, 2017)

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