An 18-year-old City of Tonawanda man suffered severe injuries to his hand after he was attacked by a pit bull while walking down Main Street around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels, the dog’s owner is Jack Ogden, 48, of Main Street. This is not the first time police have had trouble with this particular dog, Foels said. Though the dog has had all its shots, it is still being placed under quarantine inside Ogden’s home.
Ogden has not been charged with a crime but he was party to a dangerous animal hearing in Tonawanda City Court and has been asked to return next week.
“The victim was walking down the sidewalk when the dog came running out,” Foels said. “The dog latched onto the victim’s hand and started shaking its head. The victim was taken to ECMC where he received 28 stitches.”
A specialist is being called in to further examine the victim’s injuries and he may require surgery. Police say that this particular dog has been known to be violent and has injured people in the past. They also say they have had little cooperation from Ogden on this matter during previous incidents.
Judge Joseph Cassata ruled during the dangerous animal hearing Wednesday that the dog should remain inside Ogden’s residence for at least the standard 10-day quarantine period and also that when he does leave the house again, that he is to be muzzled and on a leash.
According to animal control officer Bud Hulpiau, two summons were issued to Ogden, who is scheduled to appear in court for another hearing at 10 a.m. Monday.