Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Neighbors upset about new dog law after pit bull attack

By Rob Wiercinski, WTOL

A pregnant woman was attacked by a pit bull Wednesday in central Toledo just one day after Toledo City Council approved a new vicious dog law. Ariel Conley was attacked when a pit bull broke free from its leash, which was tied to a pole outside a carry-out at the corner of Monroe and Auburn, around 10:30 a.m.
Conley, who says she was about to run away when the dog grabbed her leg, was taken to Toledo Hospital with minor injuries.
However, the attack has relatives wondering what the city is doing protect people from pit bull attacks.
In fact, the pit bull was allowed to stay with its owner, but the dog's owner was cited for not having a license and failure to confine.
Lucas County Dog Warden Julie Lyle says because the owner had possession of the dog, officials could not force him to hand over the pit bull.
"So when we got on scene of this incident the person had the dog confined. That's not a dog we can force them to give us," said Lyle.
However, it will be up the owner to keep the dog in quarantine for 10 days, something some folks doubt will happen.
Ruben Conley, the dog bit victim's uncle, is upset about the city's new vicious dog law because it does not require pit bulls to be muzzled in public.
"That dog broke loose from a pole… They got a 60 pound pit bull with a plastic latch on its neck," said Conley."I guarantee if you're around this neighborhood the rest of this week you'll see the dog."
Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins says when the new law goes into effect next month there will be consequences for dog bite incidents.
"The dog would be qualified as a level one or level two threat… Number two, the owner would be subject to a $150 fine and number three, the dog would be spayed or neutered at the owner's expense," said Collins.

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