Cincinnati-area Police and officials with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had a busy day last Friday, February 26th. Officials were called to three separate pit bull attacks in different parts of the area that day.
The first happened in the 1300 block of Broadway, in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood near downtown Cincinnati. The daughter of former Cincinnati City Councilman Jim Tarbell was walking the family mastiff when it was attacked by the pit bull, which ran out of a nearby apartment. Tarbell's daughter was not hurt but the mastiff suffered serious injuries. The SPCA confiscated the pit bull.
The second attack happened in College Hill. Police there say they responded to a domestic violence call and found a pit bull had attacked a man. The man used a golf club to get away from the animal.
And then in Colerain Township, just to the west of the city of Cincinnati, two pit bulls attack a neighbors dog on Capstan Drive. A Hamilton County sheriff deputy came to the rescue of the animal under attack. One of the dogs was captured by the SPCA but the second pit bull ran away. The SPCA says the owner of the pit bulls is facing at least two citations for failing to confine his dogs. That attack was caught on video and the tape given to WKRC-TV Local 12.
The owner of the Colerain Township pit bulls says the loose pit bull returned home and he paid a fine to get his other dog from the custody of the SPCA. He says he's not sure how the dogs got out of a fenced-in area and promises to help pay the medical bills of the injured pet. He is awaiting a court appearance on his charges.
It is illegal to own a pit bull or other vicious breed of dog in Cincinnati and has been since 2003. Tighter regulations passed by Cincinnati City Council last year made it illegal to breed, sell or give away a pit bull within the city limits. Colerain Township has no such ban.