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Judge Orders Pit Bull be Euthanized After Attack
COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) A judge ordered a pit bull to be euthanized and its owner fined after the pet attacked a woman this summer.
The owner, David Hyde, pled guilty Tuesday to failure to control a vicious animal.
The Columbus Municipal Court judge said he is a dog-lover as well, but would have to get rid of the animal in the name of public safety.
Hyde was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to pay a $320 fine to animal control.
He appeared devastated during the hearing, often putting his face in his hands.
The court case followed an incident last August, during which one of Hydes pit bulls attacked a woman who was trying to collect firewood off the side of the road on Livingston Avenue.
The victim, Marjorie Huffman, described the attack in court.
She started chewing at my feet, Huffman said. She tore the shoe off my foot. She started chewing my foot, grabbing chunks out of the inside of my ankle.
She said she had to get nearly 100 stitches and still uses a walker as a result of the attack.
It was the second time this summer that one of Hydes dogs hurt someone.
Huffman said she loves dogs, but fears another person could get hurt or killed if the dog was ever let loose.