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Police Search for Pit Bull Who Attacked Owner
COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Police are searching for a pit bull that attacked its owner Monday, sending him to the hospital.
Police say the dog turned on the man in his yard at 1543 East Weber Road.
Gregory Johnson, who lives next door to the site of the attack, says he noticed a group of men trying to help his neighbor when he checked his mail at 11 a.m. Monday.
"My neighbor's laying on the ground, and this dog is biting him all on the arms, and they were trying to get the dog off him," Johnson said.
Fearing the pit bull might bite him too, Johnson says he didn't get too close to the animal, but he did what he could to help.
"I threw this guy a stick, and another dude had a brick, and the dog looked like he was going to charge him, and he threw the brick, missed," Johnson said.
That brick startled the dog, who took off down an alley, according to Johnson.
Columbus police are searching a 2 mile area in hopes of finding the runaway animal. They told ABC 6/FOX 28 the man took possession of the 8-month-old male just three days before the attack.
The victim was taken to the hospital after the attack, where he is listed in stable condition.
Authorities responded to several reported sightings Monday, but all were false alarms. They urge anyone who lives in the area to keep an eye out for the dog, and to call police at (614) 645-4545 in the event of any sightings.