This is a dog bites dog story.
It’s also about renewing the ban on pit bulls in Cincinnati and making laws tougher for owners of dangerous dogs. Christopher Smitherman, Cincinnati City Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee chairman, is “wrestling with” proposing those changes.
The biting dog in this story is a pit bull. That bred-to-fight breed has been in the news since June 4, when two pit bulls savagely mauled the face of a 6-year-old Westwood girl, Zainabou Drame. Before the animals were killed by police, they tore at her face and severed her tongue. It cannot be reattached.
A 6-year-old Westwood girl was mauled by two pit bulls Wednesday evening. Her grandfather and aunt talk about what happened and how the girl is doing now. The Enquirer/Adam Kiefaber
Problems with dangerous dogs in general – and pit bulls in particular – are not restricted to certain neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Nor are they common to one part of the country. Every community struggles with the problem, in part, Smitherman believes, because some owners of these dogs appreciate and encourage the traits that can make the animals so dangerous.
In this dog bites dog story, the bitten dog survived to bark again. His owner wants to tell his story.
Bebe Wilker shivered in her river-view home as she recalled taking Bartles – her Jack Russell-Westie terrier mix – for his afternoon walk three Saturdays ago. They followed their usual route through East Price Hill’s up-and-coming, gentrificationally inclined Incline District.
Wilker is very protective of Bartles. He weighs 14 pounds and is a rescue dog. His previous owners abandoned him before Wilker adopted him two years ago.