PIQUA – Piqua police responded to a report of a dog attack on Wednesday.
The dispatch indicated that a dog was attacking an individual and would not stop attacking.
Police responded to 1006 Madison Street and arrived to find the dog, a pit bull, still attacking its owner. Officers used both Tasers and pepper spray on the animal in order to evacuate the family of three from the home.
The house was secured and the animal shelter called to remove the vicious pit bull from the home.
A pair of officers from the Miami County Animal Shelter, along with several police officers, entered the home and managed to get the animal out without further incident, as the residents watched from a safe vantage point.
Officers said that a child at the home had apparently reached for her cell phone when it began to ring and with the sudden movement, the pit bull attacked her. Her father immediately jumped to her rescue and the dog turned to attack him. Police say that they believe that an ankle-high leather work boot the man was wearing probably saved him from more severe injury but that the dog had inflicted severe bite wounds to the man’s foot, ankle and leg.
He refused transport by Piqua medics but was going to be driven to the hospital by family. The daughter had noticeable bites but did not appear to be seriously injured, thanks to the quick action of her father.
Police are looking into a report that the same pit bull bit a neighbor last week.
Officers on the scene said that the pit bull was acquired from an animal rescue facility that is believed to do business with pit bulls that were involved in dog fighting.
The resident reportedly signed papers to have the dog destroyed following a mandatory ten-day quarantine.
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335