Ottawa Co. deputies shot dog that attacked shelter volunteers

A pit bull mix attacked and injured two volunteers at an animal rescue shelter Tuesday night, then attacked sheriff’s deputies as they tried to rescue one of the women.
Tom Jackson
Feb 14, 2013

 

Deputies tried nonviolent methods to subdue the dog at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary before ultimately shooting it. Buffi Novotney, 40, was taken to the hospital, where she received 18 stitches in her arm and four stitches in her finger. A second volunteer did not require medical treatment.

Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said the wounds could have been life-threatening if the dog had bit an artery.

The dog that attacked the volunteers was a pit bull-boxer mix named Reese. It had not been aggressive before, said Nancy Benevento-Brown, Safe Harbor’s CEO.

“I’ve got pictures of him riding in the car, going to the vet,” she said. “We don’t take in aggressive animals.”

For more on the incident and the deputies response, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Click the video box to the right to listen to the 911 tape. [WARNING: The audio recording is graphic and could be disturbing to some listeners.]

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thinkagain's picture
thinkagain

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks advocating illegal or violent actions.

mikeylikesit

yeah baby!!

nosey rosey

You're an idiot.

mikeylikesit

go back to disneyland.

mikeylikesit

sometimes, violence must be met with voilence. im not a lawyer but i think it's legal to defend ourselves and others with whatever means is at our disposal, even with a big, bad, scarey, evil gun..

44846GWP

What a tool.

mikeylikesit

that's what all the ladies tell me..

Trustafarian

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Sarah Weber

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Trustafarian

Nobody puts Baby in a corner!

The Big Dog's back

Sarah will.

The Bizness

Freedom of speech!!!!!!

The Bizness

His comments are always hilarious though... :(

Licorice Schtick

Why should anyone take the SR guidelines seriously when commenters can violate them repeatedly and not be banned?

doppleganger

By Morning Journal Staff
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PERKINS TOWNSHIP — Police are looking for a man accused of injuring a senior citizen in a road rage attack.

Witnesses reported a man in a white van stop after the senior citizen pulled over Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. near the 1300 block of Strub Road. The suspect got out of his van and assaulted the senior citizen who received several injuries. The suspect is described as a man in his early 30s wearing a blue shirt, dark short hair, muscular-stocky build, driving a white delivery type van. The last four numbers on the Ohio plate are “8990,” the beginning of the plate is unknown. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on SR 6 as one of the witnesses tried to follow after the suspect fled. Possible lettering on the van could be “avol group” or something close to this.

If you have information, contact the Perkins Detective Bureau at (419) 627-0824

Sarah Weber

Thanks, doppleganger, we had a story about this in today's Register. I can go ahead and post it online as well.

doppleganger

Thank you, Sarah. I take this type of crime very seriously and am glad you posted it online to get the message out to more people to be on the look out for this horrible person.

luvblues2

I'd like to know one person that could listen to that entire thing and make sense of anything besides a whining and crying girl and a bunch of dogs barking. I shut it down 1/3 the way through. I also didn't see a "video".

BEHAPPY

Not the dogs fault~blame the "humans" for a change! The way they teach them. Yes! BLAME THE "HUMANS"! So Cooooooooooooooool to make a pit bull mean~you can make a poodle mean~I guess that wouldn't be Coooooooooooooooooooooool

mikeylikesit

cant shoot the humans, im just too pretty for prison..

BEHAPPY

Now I'm sure (I hope anyway) you KNOW that's not what I meant! BUT Time to do SOMETHING with them other than BLAME the dogs

nosey rosey

Another dog looses it's life due to the failure of humans. I hope that those injured recover soon to continue the good work that they do.

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thinkagain

You're an idiot.

Pterocarya frax...

You are a really classy christian.

44846GWP

So are you.

mikel

i am sure it was a really nice dog and would neverrrrrrrr hurt anyone.

miktoxic

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

mikeylikesit

your momma

BEHAPPY

EXACTLY

BEHAPPY

That was meant for MIKTOXIC

mikeylikesit

dont worry, if i see you being attacked by a pit bull i will yell out "mikeylikesit is here to help you", if you dont want to hurt the sweet little puppy just yell back " im going to disneyland!" i will re holster my sidearm and let you be a scooby snack for fido..

bayshore

Mr. Jackson,
Shelter pictured is located in Portage Twp.

KURTje

Wow! We abort babies yet worry more about animals.

mikeylikesit

yeah, these people are stupid. too much disney..

BEHAPPY

All kinds of problems in this world but WHY HATE on innocent animals. NOT good to hate on animals~makes you kind of strange from the get go

mikeylikesit

big difference between hating on animals and defending human life from any kind of animal.. i dont hate animals, i love steak!

puddin95

From what i have heard the dog liked everybody but for some reason buffi, she was told not to do anything with that dog. But kids will be kids.

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2cents

When I lived in Huron the next door neighbor bought a Rottweiler, it was solid and very friendly but could knock down an adult just playing. My kid was about six at the time; they told me they were planning a tall fence. I gave them a month, the fence went up. When he was out I was nervous, should we have to live like that? 9MM was not too far away that month!

ladydye_5

My Rottweiler does NOT leave my yard. Does your KID leave his? No reason to threaten violence. Keep your kid out of my yard, I will keep my PIT and my ROTTIE out of yours.

BEHAPPY

LOVE IT LADYDYE!! ; )

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2cents

With no fence and their dog came into our yard daily, LOOSE! Love your dogs but keep them on your property, my kid stayed on ours so don't judge here. I was making a comment about how powerfull they are and how the owner was responsible to contain it and yes I would shoot it in one half of a second if it attacked my kid, zero stitch policy!

BEHAPPY

That first girl did something that scared the HE!! out of that dog

24productions

Uhm, dogs can run, and jump....just sayin.

eriemom

I can't believe that some are blaming the young girls that were attacked. They would not be working in a shelter unless they are very caring individuals. The dog was vicious. Nobody would have anything to say had the dog not been a Pit. Dogs can be vicious and most of us want to think that it can only happen when the dog was abused or neglected.

Sometimes the dog is just nuts. It's true of people. Why not dogs? Some people even breed Pits to be nuts, so yes we have every reason to fear the breed. We fear that a nuts person bred a nuts dog and we can't tell the difference by just looking at it.

arnmcrmn

Pitt bulls at their best. Always in the news......shoot away.

BEHAPPY

Many shoot happy people~maybe we do need to get more guns off of the street

mikeylikesit

you can rest easy, this morning i traded my gun for a mace and a spear. just as effective on attacking dogs

nosey rosey

All of you commenting that you should fear all dogs of a specfic breed have no knowledge of dog behavior and would be best to not own and to stay away from any dog. No puppy is ever born vicious. It rest solely on their experiences in how they were trained and treated throughout their life. If you want to say I live in disney world, I'd rather be there than in ignorance world. Unfortunately this dog was in a rescue which speaks volumes as to it's prior life experiences. Personally, I have never met a pitbull that gave me any reason to fear for my safety.

ladydye_5

From another story I read, this dog was rescued (from where or what conditions I did not see), and only at the shelter for 2 weeks. DO NOT trust any animal that you do not know. 2 weeks is NOT long enough to trust a rescued dog. They are already scared, probably abused, new surroundings and new people. I wish the girls a speeedy recovery.