Pit bull runs wild in Monessen
Monessen police used a Taser in an effort to control a pit bull that rampaged through a city neighborhood, biting two 16-year-old boys and a 58-year-old woman.
Police received calls of multiple people being bitten by the dog in the Ontario Street area just after 5:40 p.m. Monday.
Dana Corrick, of 414 Ontario St. owns the dog, police reported.
Monessen Patrolman Aaron Thompson said the dog escaped from Corrick's residence, chased a 16-year-old boy riding a bicycle and bit the teen on the leg.
During that time, Jenae Radosh, 58, of 432 Ontario St. was exiting her home as the dog turned to her.
“She caught the dog's eye and it went after her,” Thompson said. “She turned to get into her house and the dog grabbed her and knocked her over.
“It was a huge dog, I'd say about 90 to 95 pounds and 2 years old. She suffered multiple bites to her right arm.”
Thompson said a 15-year-old boy distracted the dog, which began chasing him towards Shawnee Park.
Although not bitten, the boy suffered abrasions after falling while being chased.
The dog headed toward some youngsters in the park, biting another 16-year-old boy on the hand.
The teen suffered at least one puncture wound, Thompson said.
Corrick's nephew, Jeremy Miklos, was chasing the dog when police arrived.
The chase continued up Elizabeth Street to Anna Avenue, Thompson said.
It appeared the dog was heading to the nearby woods.
But when police Lt. Carl Fronzaglio got out of his patrol car, the dog appeared from behind the vehicle and lunged at him.
“If I would have seen it, I would have said something,” Thompson said. “I pulled alongside of the dog and deployed the Taser.”
Thompson said the dog rolled back toward his vehicle. As the Taser recycled for another jolt – something that usually takes five seconds – the dog recovered and lunged at the patrol car window.
After that, Miklos was able to gain control of the dog, which was taken back to the owner's residence and kept there until Monessen animal control Officer Fred Moran arrived.
“We're not sure, as of now, if all the dog's shots are up to date,” Thompson said. “(Moran) will keep him under a 10-day quarantine. He'll continue the investigation and file appropriate charges.”
Moran could not be reached for comment prior to presstime.
Thompson said Radosh sought medical attention on her own. The parents of one of the 16-year-old victims took him for medical treatment.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.