Puppy gets agitated; attacks owner

German shepherd mauled a 50-year-old Woodville Township woman Sunday evening at her home.
Jessica Cuffman
Mar 26, 2013


Barb Kerbel was taken by ambulance to Fremont Memorial Hospital shortly after 9 p.m., when her 17-week-old dog, Kane, attacked her. She suffered injuries to her hands and leg, as well as a bite wound to her wrist, which will require surgery, according to a deputy’s report.  

Deputies were dispatched to the home, in the 3700 block of County Road 56, after Kerbel’s husband, Phil, called 911. 

By the time deputies arrived, paramedics had already loaded Barb into an ambulance headed for the hospital. 

Deputy Eric Arquette spotted the dog tethered in the yard.

The dog appeared agitated, and it cowered while barking at the deputy.

Arquette then went inside the home, finding a large amount of blood across the kitchen floor, the report said. 

Phil Kerbel later told deputies he and his wife bought the dog in Fostoria about three weeks ago.

He said when his wife tried to put the dog outside Sunday evening, a cat zipped through the kitchen and ran out the door, triggering the dog’s excitement.

The German Shepherd then spiraled out of control, attacking Barb as she screamed for her husband’s help.

Phil told deputies he plans to call the Sandusky County Dog Warden this week to discuss the matter. 

On Monday, Paul Kerbel — Barb’s father-in-law — said Barb is doing OK and recovering. The family is still trying to figure out what to do with the dog.




I know what I would do with the dog..


Call SPD?


only if I needed back up.


Find it a new home that doesn't have cats?


And new owners who actually know something about dogs?

Here is yet another example of people who have no business getting a dog making poor choices, then the blame falls on the animal.


Let someone who knows about dogs adopt him?


nah, I would keep him around to keep the wife in line.


Careful....not everyone wants to go home and feed the dog and kick their family.


not me! it sounds like a plan for this guy but it would never have worked for me my ex wife would find a way to turn things around on me..


Having raised, trained and participated in dog sports with GSDs since I was 16 this story opens a lot of questions with me.


I do not have a lot of experience with GSDs but other mutts/breed....but I have a lot of questions too.


double post


A 4 month old puppy had to be REALLY badly treated to attack. this story stinks. Some people should not own animals.


It might not have suffered abuse. Some dogs just don't like cats (or small animals in general). When the cat was running, puppy saw prey or a game. Mom held on to puppy, puppy out of control cause wants to chase cat and Mom got attacked by very strong, squirmy puppy that had one thing on its mind...catching that cat.




Sooooo.... where are the dozens of people calling for all German Sheppars to be euthanized because of an idiotic owner? God know if this was another pit bull storey people would be screaming it from the rooftops.


Even though they're calling this dog a "puppy" I'm pretty sure a 4 month old German Shepard is pretty darn big already. I'd be willing to bet there is maybe a genetic problem of some sort with it that it would attack like that just for seeing a cat run by. I can appreciate it getting excited and wanting to chase it but attacking is another matter.


Maybe the dog needs Prozac!

Darwin's choice

Calling brad wilson....


Something seems strange here. Was the puppy mistreated. I can't believe it would just attack it's owner for NO reason....hmmmm