Monessen pit bull to be euthanized after several attacks
A large pit bull that attacked five Monessen residents last week, including two teenage boys, will be euthanized Thursday.
Animal control officer Fred Moran designated the canine as a dangerous dog under state law. Moran has kept the dog at his kennel the past nine days and has seen no progress in the dog's aggressive behavior.
A dangerous dog is one that has attacked, inflicted severe injury to, or killed a human being or a domestic animal without provocation while off an owner's property.
On March 10, the dog escaped from a home at 414 Ontario St., chased a 16-year-old boy riding a bicycle and bit the teen on the leg.
According to Moran's report, the dog then attacked four other people, including another teenager and a 58-year-old woman.
When police cornered the dog near a wooded area and Lt. Carl Fronzaglio exited his patrol car, the dog appeared from behind the vehicle and lunged at him.
K-9 officer Aaron Thompson said he deployed his Taser at the dog, which 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.
The dog was subdued by Jeremy Miklos, nephew of the dog's owner, Dana Corrick, who handed the dog over to Moran.
Moran, who has performed animal control for nearly 50 years and handles a dozen municipalities, including Monessen, Fayette City, and Rostraver Township, said the dog was one of the meanest canines he has dealt with in recent memory.
The dog was also incredibly powerful, Moran said, adding it took him and another large man to move the 100-plus pound creature.
“It's been nine days on this and I can't even get close to it; he'll come within 2 or 3 feet of me and just growl,” Moran said Wednesday. “I've never had one bite five people in less than a half hour. I'm no Superman, but a novice would not have a bit of a chance with this dog. All he does is growl at you through the wire.”
Moran said the dog will be put to sleep humanely and instantly on Thursday. Although he presents no danger to the owners, Moran said he is too much of a public risk and liability if he should escape again in a populated area of the city.
To get the dog back, laws would have required Corrick to post a $50,000 surety bond for liability, register the dog with the state, post a public notice and fence in the property.
Moran said Corrick will face fines for the dog not having its rabies shot and running at-large through charges filed through Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen.
It is unknown if any civil lawsuits are pending as a result of the attacks.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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