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Pit bull attacks raise concerns in McKeesport

Authorities are investigating two separate dog attacks that happened a day apart in McKeesport.

“It's very unusual to have two attacks in such a short period,” McKeesport animal control officer Ken Ferree said. Though the incidents appear to be unrelated, he said, “It's a trend I'm not liking.”

Ferree said the dogs involved in the attacks are pit bulls. In each incident, people and dogs were injured, he said.

The first attack occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of Odair Street as Cheryl Zeiler, 60, was walking her dog Bella, a miniature pinscher.

“I was a block and a half away from my house and a guy just opened his door and let the dog out,” Zeiler said.

The woman said she and her dog had nowhere to go when the dog charged them. The pit bull bit her dog and knocked Zeiler down.

“My arm is in a splint and I have to go see an orthopedic doctor,” Zeiler said, noting Bella lost fur on her chest and injured her back leg and mouth in the incident.

Ferree identified the owner of the pit bull as George Brosey of McKeesport and said he will be cited for failing to have his animal vaccinated for rabies and letting the dog run at large. He said the owner will be responsible for paying restitution related to medical and veterinarian bills.

Ferree said another pit bull attack on a dog walker and pet was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of Cleveland Street.

In that incident, Ferree reported the attacking dog ran out and grabbed the smaller animal with its mouth, shaking it violently. The owner was able to get her animal free but was bitten in the hand, he said.

Ferree identified the owner of the dog in Thursday's attack as Cynthia Wallace of McKeesport and said charges are likely, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Ferree said the dog injured Thursday was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said police are aware of the dog attacks and Ferree is handling the matter.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or [email protected].


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