Officer injured in dog attack

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallipolis police officer suffered bite injuries by what has been reported as a pit bull Saturday at a State Route 588 address after the officer was sent to make a well-being check.

Patrolman Jason Lyons arrived at the residence in question around 7:20 p.m., Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer told the Tribune.

“They went out there on a well-being check on someone who had possibly (suffered) a drug overdose,” said Boyer. “They knocked on doors. While trying to make contact, someone answered the door and a pit bull came out of the house and attacked the officer.”

Why the dog attacked is still under investigation as of this time. A man answered the door of the residence.

Boyer said the officer was taken to Holzer Medical Center for treatment and was granted leave for three days.

According to police records, on Oct. 22, officers warned the residents of the property to remove any pit bulls from the property in accordance with city ordinance 505.14 which deals with “dangerous and vicious dogs.”

Pit bulls have been considered illegal within municipal limits since 2009 and are specifically mentioned in the ordinance. To be found guilty of violating the ordinance can potentially mean one may face a $1000 fine and/or six months in confinement.

According to Gallia County Dog Warden Laurie Cardillo, the dog has since been released to her custody. Home resident Tara Maynard reportedly released the animal to the Gallia County Canine Shelter.

Maynard is facing a court summons in regard to the potential violation of city ordinance 505.14(e)(2) which says that if “vicious dog” as defined by the ordinance causes injury other than “killing or serious injury” to a person, it is considered a first-degree misdemeanor.

Cardillo said there is a chance the dog recovered from the incident on Ohio 588 may be euthanized due to the circumstances of the event. She reported the dog was male and weighed roughly 80 pounds.

Pit bulls are considered a category of dog breed which encompasses several terrier groups. The animal’s heritage has historically been recorded to have come from England, Scotland, Ireland and the U.S.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright