August 29, 2014

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Pit bull attacks owner in Oberlin

OBERLIN — A 25-year-old Oberlin man was flown to a Cleveland hospital after being attacked by his pit bull on Saturday morning in his home, police said.

Dedrick Montague was treated for deep bite marks on his right forearm at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, said Oberlin police Capt. Clif Barnes.

The attack exposed the bone, Barnes said.

While trying to get away from the dog, Montague broke through a glass storm door and went outside, but the dog followed him, Barnes said.

A witness called police, saying a dog was attacking someone in the front yard of a home in the 300 block of South Main Street.

When officers John R. Sanderson Jr. and Stephanie Reitz arrived, they saw the brown pit bull and heard someone yelling, “He bit me, shoot it,” according to the police report.

The dog lunged at the officers, and Sanderson fired two rounds at the dog while Reitz tried unsuccessfully to shoot the dog with her Taser. The dog then ran across the street — Sanderson followed and saw gunshot wounds on the dog’s torso, according to the report.

As Sanderson asked Reitz to have a dispatcher contact the Lorain County Dog Warden to receive instructions on what to do with the dog, the officers heard Montague yell: “My dog attacked me, shoot it, kill it,” the report said.

When the dog began running back across the street, Sanderson fired three more rounds at it, according to the report. The dog then ran into a bumper of a car and fell on the ground.

He shot the dog again when it began to yelp and wiggle around, the report stated.

Barnes said the attack reportedly began when the dog nipped at another person living in the home, 28-year-old Katie Stead, when she tried to get it out of the bedroom.

“She thought the dog was just playing,” Barnes said. “They’ve had this dog since it was a pup.”

A nursing supervisor at MetroHealth said Montague was not a patient Monday. A police sergeant said he was unable to contact Montague or Stead on Monday to follow up on Montague’s condition.

Several years ago, a pit bull attacked a police officer, Tim Diewald, after he tried to put it in his cruiser, Barnes said. Diewald had to shoot the dog to get it to release his arm, Barnes said. He said Diewald, who has since retired, was on medical leave for about six weeks.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.