Small Dog Saved When Pit Bull Attacks

Monday morning an elderly man saved his small dog from an attack pit bull by putting himself "in the line of fire" instead.

The 85-year-old man was bitten and the pit bull is now quarantined at the St. Joseph County Humane Society.

This comes the county council contemplates passing an animal control ordinance in January.

In fact at one time pit bulls were specifically listed as dangerous animals under this proposed ordinance but after changes to the wording that’s no longer the case.

But Humane Society leaders are pointing the importance of passing some type of ordinance that cracks down on dangerous dogs.

This pit bull sits behind bars.. At the St. Joseph County Humane Society leaders say a pit bull is brought in almost every day.

On Monday they quarantined a very dangerous one.

“It is a very aggressive pit bull,” says Betty Rutkowski, Chief Humane Officer.

On Monday morning an 85 year old man was walking his long haired Dachsund in northern St. Joseph county when the pit bull broke out of a bad fence and charged.

“Four seconds flat she ran over there and she nailed him,” says neighbor Deb Copeland.

Thankfully some carpet cleaners working outside saw the dog and stepped in to defend the duo.

“I heard dogs barking and I looked over at this old gentleman who was trying to get this dog off of him and I carry a small pipe in my truck and I took it out and got the dog away from him,” says Joe Lenski of Baby Clean Carpets.

The elderly man suffered bites to his knees and wrist after he kicked the pit bull to save his own dog.

For neighbors this isn't the first time the humane society has been called for the dog before.

“One time for the animal running at large and one time for the animal to do a general welfare check of the animal because of its aggressive propensities,” says Rutkowski.

In the past its been much harder to take the dog away but under the proposed animal control ordinance this dog fits the description of a dangerous dog.

“Deeming a dog dangerous will ensure that the dog has to have a kennel even though they are in a fenced in yard with padlocks, 300 thousand dollars in liability insurance in case it is an accident, and muzzles,” says Rutkowski.

The ordinance basically gives the county more "teeth" as they look to put away dangerous animals.

The man who was bitten says he is just thankful he wasn't hurt too badly. He says he very thankful his dog wasn't bitten because one bite to a small dog like that would have been the end.

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