An attacking Pit bull killed a West Virginia man who was giving the pit bull’s owner CPR. Sunday night, responding EMTs found the unregistered pit bull mauling the man inside of a home at 131 14th St. in East Wheeling at about 8:50 p.m. Another woman was reportedly on the roof of the home, though officials have not yet confirmed that.
Writes CBS News on March 9: “Lt. Phil Redford says police believe the dog’s owner suffered a heart attack. The other man was attacked by the dog as he tried to resuscitate the owner. A police department news release says both people were pronounced dead at a local hospital. Their names haven’t been released.”
Emergency personnel transported both the dog’s owner, whose heart attack ultimately proved fatal, and the other local man to the hospital. Both were pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Wheeling Police Detective Sgt. Gregg McKenzie confirmed that the pit bull was not registered with the city.
As to the city ordnance governing the ownership of dogs determined to be of a dangerous breed, the Wheeling News Register writes: “Under a city ordinance, pit bulls, canary dogs and American bulldogs automatically are classified as ‘vicious’ and their owners must pay $5 for a tag and renew it each year… Owners of dangerous or vicious dogs must maintain at least $100,000 in liability insurance, keep the dog on a leash and muzzled when not properly confined and prominently display signs warning passersby of the animal’s presence.”
The home had no such signage. It’s unclear at this point if the mauled man lived in the home or if he was a passerby attempting to give the owner assistance.
According to the city laws, owners of dangerous dogs who do not comply with keeping their dog registered or carrying the prerequisite insurance face potential fines up to $500 per day.
Fire Chief Larry Helms said that when the call came in, they were advised that a potentially vicious dog was in the home. Speaking of his crew, Helms said: “When they arrived, they realized the dog was in the house mauling the second man. The police arrived on the scene at about the same time as our guys and they were able to subdue the dog.”
Ohio County Animal Control officers were called and the pit bull was removed from the home.
Pit bulls are seen as a dangerous breed to have in the home, especially around children and families. Maulings and fatal attacks often dominate headline news. Consider:
Man killed by pet dog: Pet pit bull mauls man to death in Christmas day tragedy
Indiana pit bull kills owner: Pit bull bites man to death, proving breed deadly?
Boy, 4, killed by dogs: Fla. boy’s mauling by his uncle’s Pit Bulls stirs debate
Mickey the pit bull: Pit bull that mauled 4-year-old polarizes Internet discussion
However, owners of pit bulls will stand by the breed.
‘Hulk’ pit bull is Internet sensation: WATCH video of ‘Hulk,’ a 175 lb pit bull
Where do you fall on this discussion? Do you, or would you own a pit bull, knowing their potential to be aggressive, even to their owners?