Pit bull attacks off-duty cop
Isaiah Harrison, a police officer with the Federal Reserve, was walking 17-month-old Little Stewie, his 11-pound Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix, near his home in Ellicott City on Sunday when a pit bull appeared in front of them and attacked, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Stewie was paralyzed — and later euthanized — and Harrison was injured when the unleashed pit bull attacked around 3 p.m. Harrison, a police officer with the Federal Trade Board in Washington, needed 45 stitches to close a wound to his right hand, which could require surgery.
According to Howard County police, It was the 38th incident this year in which Animal Control had to be called because of a bite, with 90 percent of them involving dogs. It is believed to be the first in the county this year involving a pit bull, a police spokeswoman said.
The county has a law requiring dog owners to keep their pets on leashes when outside the house. Because the investigation is continuing, police declined to identify the dog's owner but said that the owner came in to Animal Control on Wednesday to surrender the animal. The pit bull will be euthanized once rabies tests are completed.
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