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PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
no-kill animal shelter in Port Clinton had to have one of its dogs put down
after the pit bull-boxer mix attacked a volunteer.
Benevento-Brown, owner of the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, said she
finds it hard to believe that Reese, a dog she saved from extermination just
two weeks before, could ever bite the hand that feeds him. But when a volunteer
opened Reese's cage to take him outside, he suddenly snapped.
had no issues with it at all," Brown said. "It rode with me in the car, I took
it out walking. I sat in the kennel with it, I fed it out of my hand."
services were called to the shelter. Brown said she tried to get inside to calm
the dog herself, but the sheriff's deputies wouldn't let her.
dog was still mobile inside the area, and aggressive," said Ottawa County
Sheriff Steve Levorchick. "That dog came toward our deputies, and the girl was
crying…She said she'd been bitten to the bone."
deputies fired two shots at Reese, who ran into a corner and hid. A
veterinarian later put the dog down.
said this is the first time anything like this has happened at her shelter, and
she doesn't want the dog's breed to take the wrap.
happens with any type of dog, given the right situation," she said. "I have
been bitten many times, and the dogs that bite me are Chihuahuas. We don't want
this to ever happen again. We want to go on with our mission and vision and
safeguard volunteers, people, and our animals."