A Spring Garden Township man was maimed and his dog killed Saturday in at least the sixth pit bull attack reported in the midstate since May, police said.
The victim, a 78-year-old man, was out walking his dog, a Shih-poo, at about 10:35 a.m. near Country Club road and Wiltshire Road when a pair of pit bulls ran up to him and attacked his smaller dog, according to a police press release. The man tried to protect his dog and ultimately suffered lacerations and cuts to his hands, arms and legs, police said.
While the man was treated at the York Hospital, the Shih-poo died from its injuries, police added.
Township police were able to corner the pit bulls a short distance away after the attack and both were turned over to the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by their owner to be euthanized.
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The owner of the pit bulls, Jasmine A. McKinnis, 29, of York, was cited Tuesday with two counts each of harboring a dangerous dog, failure to vaccinate against rabies and failure to apply for a dog license, police said.
Saturday’s attack marked at least the sixth pit bull-related attack reported in the midstate since May, according to previous reports posted to PennLive.
A pit bull was shot by police after it repeatedly attacked officers responding to a house fire in West Manheim Township on May 19. Similar attacks have been reported in Carlisle, North Middleton Township, Palmyra and York.