Legal battle surrounds Morgan County dog
Jul 19, 2010 EDT Monday, July 19, 2010 EST
Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News
Morgan County - A vicious dog attack has sparked a lawsuit against the Morgan County Humane Society.
Pocket Hollow Road is normally the picture of peace, but that changed one afternoon in June.
"I heard the dogs bark. I heard somebody screaming," said Mary Leitzman. "[A woman] had blood all around her pants leg."
A month after hearing and then witnessing a brutal attack, Leitzman still can't forget.
"It made me even scared now to walk," she said. "She told me they had her on the ground and she got up on the gate."
Police say four dogs viciously attacked a woman as she walked down the street. She managed to climb a livestock fence and phone for help, until a neighbor chased them away.
"She was hysterical, hyperventilating in my car," Leitzman said.
"We do not feel the dog is safe," said Debbie Cole, Morgan County Humane Society.
The attack prompted not only an investigation by the Morgan County Humane Society, but a lawsuit by the owner of the dogs over what appears to be a question of breed.
They keep calling my dog a pit," said Loretta Pitman, the dog's owner. "She is not a pit. She is a boxer."
Of the four dogs involved in the attack, two have already been adopted out and one was euthanized. But "Ginger" remains at the center of a legal battle.
Pitman said in a phone interview that her dog wasn't involved in the attack.
"My dog was not in the original police report, was not a biter, didn't know those other dogs that were biters," she said.
Humane society officials say the issue is about behavior, not breed.
"Our problem is that it left to bite a stranger," Cole said.
The dog remains quarantined until a court can settle the argument. Leitzman doesn't want to say whether she thinks the dog should die, but after what she saw and heard, she hopes there's a peaceful solution.
A judge has put a hold on euthanizing the dog until a hearing August 13.
Something is off about this story. So a woman is walking along, she is attacked by four dogs, yet miraculously gets up on a gate after all four dogs had her on the ground. I don’t buy it. If these dogs were so vicious how was the other woman able to just run them off? Now, if this is an ongoing case involving dogs accused of biting someone WTF would you adopt out two of the dogs, kill one, and leave one in limbo. I mean come on… Something doesn’t add up.
Humane Society offers reward after pit bull found dead
The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward for information after a pit bull was found dead Wednesday morning in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The body of a female pit bull was discovered at 11 a.m. by Danville Public Works employees, according to a news release from Paulette Dean, director of the Danville Area Humane Society.
Animal control and the Humane Society were called to investigate the discovery.
The dog, a dark-brown pit bull at least 1 year old, was tethered to a pole with a brown extension cord linked through a wide black collar with metal studs, Dean said in the release.
A necropsy of the pit bull showed the dog was badly bruised, had puncture wounds and was shot.
The veterinarian who performed the necropsy said the dog suffered greatly, according to Dean.
The incident is being investigated as cruelty. Dean said the charges can range from a Class 1 misdemeanor or a Class 6 felony.
The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Another tragic ending for a pit bull; I hope karma comes back two fold for those responsible for her demise. RIP sweet pit bull!