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Owners fined when pit bull kills dog, bites human

October 03, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - A pit bull that attacked a Jack Russell terrier in May killed at least one dog and bit a person in an attack that resulted in a fine, a Humane Society of Washington County spokesperson said. The dog was allowed to remain in the care of its owner, the spokesperson said.

"The people were in violation of the vicious and dangerous animal act, so they have been cited, so I would think they would be a little more careful," said Katherine Cooker, the society's director of fundraising and community relations.

According to Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. David Long, police responding to the 800 block of Washington Avenue on Sept. 25 found that the dog already had returned to its owner's third-floor apartment after attacking two dogs and biting a person. One of the dogs it attacked died, Long said.

Rod MacRae, spokesman for the Washington County Health Department, and Cooker said the decision about whether to take an animal from its home is left up to the animal control officer on the scene.

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Cooker said last week that she did not know the extent of the human victim's injuries.

On Monday, MacRae said the pit bull's shots were up to date.

According to Cooker, the fine for a violation of the vicious and dangerous animal act can be as much as $25 for a first offense and as much as $100 for a second offense.

An animal designated as vicious and dangerous must be muzzled and on a lead when it is outside its property, she said.

The pit bull attacked another dog in May, she said.

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