Attacking dog killed

Officers help man, dog who were cornered by pit bulls
Emil Whitis
Apr 21, 2013


Sandusky police commanders are crediting two officers for saving a 74-year-old man and his small dog from pit bulls that attacked them Friday on Water Street. 

The victim, Paul Aviles, suffered several bite marks on his hands and arms. His dog, a Jack Russell terrier, sustained unknown injuries but survived. 

One of the attacking pit bulls died after police zapped it with a Taser.  

Officers were called to the 700 block of E. Water St. at about noon.  

“Officers observed two pit bulls around a male subject lying prone face down on the ground,” a Sandusky police report said. “This subject, later identified as Paul Aviles, was lying still on the ground with these two dogs circling around him. They kept on nudging at Aviles as if they were attempting to get to something underneath him.” 

Sandusky police Officer Brad Wilson jumped out of his cruiser and yelled at the dogs, one of which charged at him. He zapped one dog with a Taser, prompting both animals to run off.  

“When Aviles stood up he was holding onto a small dog,” the report said. 

Aviles and the dog were covered in blood. Officers put them into the cruiser, then ran after the pit bulls. 

One of the pit bulls fell down, then got up and charged, the report said. When an officer zapped it with a Taser again, it died. Officers then snared the other dog and took it to the Erie County dog pound. 

Aviles initially refused treatment and seemed more concerned about his dog’s injuries, the report said. Officers drove him and the Jack Russell to a nearby veterinarian. 

Paramedics soon took Aviles to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where hospital staff stitched up his wounds before releasing him. 

At the hospital, Aviles told police he drove to Battery Park to take his dog for a walk, and as soon as he got there the pit bulls attacked from behind. 

“He grabbed his dog up and curled it into his arm,” the report said. “He went to the ground and laid facedown with the dog between his chest and the ground.” 

Police tracked the pit bulls back to 42-year-old Rebecca Hush, who was cited with two counts of dog at large. 

Sandusky police Chief John Orzech credited Wilson and the other officer for saving Aviles and his dog. 

“They did a good job getting the dogs away from him and then quickly getting him in the cruiser,” Orzech said. “It could have been much worse.”


Edwin Ison

Awesome job! That'a how it is done! No guns discharged, which put others at risk.


If your dog bites anyone it should be a domestic charge against the owner.If no current license extra $500 fine.Take the owner to jail just like domestic.


What! Not a pit bull. They are the friendliest dogs ever. Bahaha


You read my mind !


And this 74 year old Ohio man arrested for protecting pet from pitbull attack. He used a stun gun first and it did NOTHING to the pitbull. Ohio residents are supposed to watch their pets squeal, and bleed to death in front of them. What an unpet friendly place. Share widely. The igg site has numbers to call and people to write. There is a lot you can do to help insure that all people keep the legal right to PROTECT their pets from PITBULLS. Share links.

he said she said

I am keeping Mr. Aviles and his pet in my thoughts. I hope you both have a speedy recovery. You are a dog owner yourself, please don't blame the dog, it was only doing what it was trained to do.

I don't get it. In a case where a man is on the ground protecting his dog from two pits that obviously attacked him and his dog, the police taze the dogs instead of shooting them to stop their rampage! This is not going to be the last we hear of this dog owner or surviving dog; the dog got the taste of can change bad behavior with training but you can't change bad behavior of a pit that tastes blood.


The one dog was shot, people complained and LE set new training standards, apparently,,, These dogs were tazed and people STILL want To complain.. So it seems the police are damned if they do and damned if they don't .

That I don't understand. All I know is, I sure as hell wouldn't want to have to do their jobs.


I believe I stated this after Officer Wilson shot Lucy. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.


Okay, it's a common expression. Perhaps many people feel that same way.


Nailed it right on the head!

The Answer Person

Rebecca Hush is LUCKY she didn't get charged with attempted murder or even homocide!

Westend Homeown

yeah i agree and i think her surviving guilty dog should be put down before it manages to complete killing a human or animal the next time

Westend Homeown

very nicely handled SPD!!!!! looks as if the extra training from the recent episode may have paid off .... altho even i being a pet owner would have seen shooting both aggressively attacking dogs in this instance sound like both that man and his dogs lives were in the balance not to mention the officer who came to the rescue. Bravo SPD lesson taught, learned and implemented! GOOD JOB

Colonel Angus

My thoughts exactly! Well done SPD and Officer Wilson. I guess some old dogs can be taught new tricks. Now I'm wondering if the Justice for Lucy crowd will rally and call the television stations and demand justice for Mr. Aviles and his dog. I'm not holding by breath.

Yellow Snow

If an animal at large attacks the owner should minimally be charged with animal at large as well as financial responsibility for all financial damages incurred. A second offense should require forfeiture of the uncontrolled animals.

Westend Homeown

well luckily SPD did a good job track the owner down and charging her so if the victim is smart get the police report and take her to court for the financial aspects of it they should win hands down


SPD did not go far enough, they should had zapped the owner also. The owner should had had control of the dogs, and did not call them off..

2cents's picture

You have the other, they attacked, put it down please!

Westend Homeown


Mr. Touchdown

Definitely put it down! Otherwise it's just going to be another person's problem to deal with.


Hush should sit in jail for a few days and pay every medical bill including the bill to kill the other pit.


It is a shame that you can't even walk or ride a bike without worring about dogs attacking a person. When there is a dog attacking a person, the police officers should have the right to shoot the dog no questions asked. Any dog seen attacking a person should be put down so it doesn't happen again.

Home Boy

Well done, SPD. BTW, how many people do you think would feel 'comfortable' just walking by, or near two unleashed pit bulls? Not many, I suspect. OK, so in that case why are these animals allowed to roam free?


It is clearly not the Pit Bulls fault. It is Mr. Aviles' fault for owning a dog that was so small and tasty.

Forget all the other stories about Pit Bulls, or even their name, they obviously are harmless teddy bears that should be allowed to roam our streets at will.


Love the sarcasm ! LOL


Paul you are a brave man. I pray for you and your little loved one's quick recovery.
Good job SPD!


Great job SPD!

Left Sandtown

What ever, the Judge can impose,this must be done,and none of you Pit Bull(friendly)dog lovers come on and explain why not.If you harbor a dog of this breed and some others,and they are not tagged and confined,you should pay and "NEVER"be a pet owner again,that is a complete lack of common sense.It is one thing if the dog gets out,it`s another if it is not tagged!God Bless us all.


I agree EVERY DOG...needs to be licensed, chained/leashed/confined, and under control. There are laws that state this. The owner in this story should be charged with dog at large along with a couple other things. She should be forced/ordered to pay all the bills for the man and his dog also. I have my dogs licensed, name tags, and under my control at all times, and are NEVER unattended. (oh and one is a pit bull mix, and one is a Rottweiler, I keep my dogs under my control for their protection, not anyone else)


Yep, Yorkies are the worst ! My grandma has one and he is the most demanding dog I have ever seen.


still love how people are judging a breed. It's the owner that needs to be blamed

2cents's picture

Kinda like the one I read on Facebook the other day.

“Not all Muslims’ are terrorists but most terrorists are Muslims!”

And no, not racist, a Muslim cuts my hair.


HAHAHAAHHAHAH "not racist, a muslim cuts my hair"....... That's even worse than the classic, "not racist, I have a black friend". Just because you let a muslim cut your hair, doesn't mean you aren't racist.

2cents's picture

LOL, eat breakfast with a black guy every day too. The Muslim is funny though, W129 Cleveland, Algerzera TV running in background.


I thought "being Muslim" was a religion not a race.

S w Rand 2016

@ WiseManOnceSaid
How, exactly, would one be racist against his friend and a person he voluntarily lets touch his hair? How does that work?

What, exactly, are you suggesting?
Are you suggesting we need to have an equal amount of friends of each color? What if there aren't enough that like us personally?
Are you suggesting we have to make sure we spend money equally among the businesses of each culture? What if we don't like what they serve?

I think you should answer these questions or, if you cannot, then you should retract your ridiculous statement.


Any breed can attack but some breed are more likely to do so and the damage they can do is deadly.


I gotta agree with you UG.... I am a Large size dog lover .. ( Scared of those little yippy things)
And I have always said that that it the owner not the dog. But, there are some breeds that are more prone to attack than others. Case in point, the Pitbull.
Back in the day, they were bred for bull baiting
Although the precise origin of the APBT is not known, we can reliably trace its roots back at least one hundred and fifty years or so [1] to England. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries the sport of bull-baiting was very much alive and dogs were bred to excel in this endeavor. The same type of dog was also used by hunters to catch game and by butchers and farmers to bring down unruly cattle. These dogs were called "bulldogs." Historically, the word "Bulldog" did not mean a specific breed of dog per se, but rather it was applied to descendants of the ancient Mastiff- type dogs that excelled in the task of bull-baiting. The "bulldogs" of yore were much different from, and should not be confused with, the loveable clowns of the show ring today. The old, performance-bred, working bulldog was closer in phenotype and spirit to the APBT and/or the modern American Bulldog. The use of the word "bulldog" applied to APBT's persists even today among APBT fanciers.


Good job SPD! Whether nailed with a taser or hammered with a .40 you have my support! Happy to see another vicious dog off the street permanently.


It's pretty damn sad, when you can't take your dog for a walk in the park, for fear of being attacked.
I hope Rebecca Hush, has the decency to offer to pay for Vet bills, and the Emergency Room bill. That is the LEAST she can do!


I agree with many here: While the pit bulls' owner should obviously be charged with the dogs being uncontrolled, because of the damage they did, she should ALSO be charged in connection with the actual attack. Paying the medical and vet bills should be the MINIMUM required of her!

The surviving pit bull, meanwhile, does need to be put down. Whether it's the dog's fault (not usually) or the owner's fault (almost always), the dog is now obviously proved to be vicious and a threat.

As far as the police handling of the matter, sure, it worked out just fine. But if the taser isn't handy or the taser doesn't work, I have absolutely zero problem with anybody shooting (and killing) an attacking dog no matter the breed. I would hope that nobody else here does, either!


Even if they end up shooting a nearby person, as recently happened in Sandusky county? A gun is not a safe tool for engaging a dog.


Nice job to the officers in this case. But as a gun owner with a license to carry I don't worry as much as most.. I don't care what dog you have. If your dog runs at my family or myself I will shoot that dog dead.. No taser. If I am around anyone else under attack from a dog will be same result. Dead dog. Period. I hope this woman gets sued for every penny she has. You have a responsibility as a dog owner to chain up your dog. You cant let a dog run loose that will attack. If you do I think more gun owners should make the statement we wont tolerate your dog.


Great job SPD! That poor man and little dog. I love all animals but the owner is to blame as these dogs were not properly trainedand they were let loose! If you truly love your dog you will not put them where they can do harm. I hope they also put the other dog down, as sometimes it is necessary.


awesome response SPD Perfectly , expertly handled, officers,way to go, we need an update on man & little dog , hope both are well.


Ms. Hush has quite a history of disregarding the law. Could these dogs be protecting a stash? Why else does a person need two or more pit bulls? In any regard she should be fined and sentenced to some time in the whooscow and the dogs should be removed from her possession and placed in a good home. Failing that, put them down.


Yeah, why does she have 2 pitbulls?


more of those sweet loving pitbulls..

common cents

Yeah, and she was probably one the many from the last Pitbull incident stating how it's not the dog it's the owner....and her dogs are not vicious and would never attack another dog or person.... Yeah, heard it all before! Wake up people! What were the dogs bred for initially? Gets back to raising the tiger from a cub - its never hurt anyone.


So two counts of large dog at large, that's it huh. Meanwhile this poor old man has a vet and medical bill. Thats some serious BS right there. This poor man probably doesnt know how to go about having to take her to court and forcing her to pay his bills. I think the fine should be enough to cover the man and dogs medical bills atleast!!!!


I aggree but, the courts can't run 'debtors' prison' here. What do they have to loose???


Good job SPD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


They can fine Ms. Hush all they want - but she does not have to pay the fine. The ACLU will protect her


I aggree but, the courts can't run 'debtors' prison' here. What do they have to loose??? We can make all the laws we want. They don't care.

nosey rosey

Let me guess. These were 2 un-neutered males owned by someone who wants to appear tough by owning a pit bull. The owner should be charged, jailed and never allowed to own any dog again. Unfortunately these dogs, as well as the 2 victims, suffered because of an ignorant owner. But remember, for every ill-trained bully breed there are hundreds that are great family pets.


Good job by Sandusky PD. Officer Brad Wilson. Take care of the victim
first and then go after the dogs. I hope that Paul Aviles and his Jack
Russell terrier have a very speedy recovery and I hope that Rebecca Hush
is made to pay the doctor and vet bills at least.


Kudos to the officers involved and I hope the man and his dog are well! And GOD bless this man for caring about his dog like he does! Do not blame the dog~BLAME THE OWNERS! These dogs are no different than any other dog~there are some VERY GOOD PIT BULLS! You can teach ANY dog to be vicious and THIS is what is happening! It's the "cool" thing to do anymore! All the "cool" people (even though I have much better words to call them) have to have these dogs to teach them to be vicious for whatever their reason. Unfortunately~the dogs suffer in the end~Thanx to the Good 'ol "HUMAN" race! SAD

Mr. Touchdown

Get well soon Mr. Aviles & your Jack Russell too! I recall an evening last year when Willard police tasered a pitbull twice that had jumped out of a kitchen window from a house where the owner moved out of but left the dog. Only one taser stuck in the dog resulting in the police chasing the dog all over town. Ended up being cornered on the other side of town after it entered a person's house & jumped over a 6 month old baby & bit a guy on the hand...I still say shoot em all! Most people who have pitbulls in our area are incapable of raising & handling them properly. Maybe Willard needs stronger tasers. Good job Sandusky PD! After talking to a friend who is a responsible pitbull owner...I believe pitbulls are a matter of teaching them not to be vicious...Kinda like teaching a hunting dog not to hunt.

Rationally Speaking

Ms. Hush learned the last time:

Defendants Name:Hush, Rebecca J
Violation Information
Violation Date: 07/28/2000
Violation Description: Dog At Large Section #: 505.10
Degree: Minor Misdemeanor
Hearing Date: 07/31/2000
Hearing Time: 09:00 AM
Disposition Information
Conviction Date: 07/31/2000
Dft's Plea: Guilty
Dft. Found: Fine Amt.:
Costs Amt.: 55.00


To many dogs at large in Sandusky. Lazy owners who cant be bothered to walk them. Open the door, let them out, and let them be someone else's problem.


Where was the dogs owner at the time?


Oh here we go.. first that damn thing w/ the Lucy dog, now we're gonna have to hear about how police hate dogs on this one too.. good lord.


I hope not. I still support the police on the "lucy situation" after viewing the video..


When we start charging the owner with the dogs crime, this will stop. This man could have been killed. The dog tried to kill him. Therefore the charge for the owner could be attempted murder and assult with a deadly weapon. How many years for that crime?


The prosecutors don't have big enough begonias to charge the owner with anything more than a loose dog.


A situation where the dog SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT and its tazed! Unbelievable, but at least the dog has died, now its time to euthanize the other! They are true vicious dogs!


We do agree on that. I wonder what it feels like to get bit up by a Pit Bull.


Well I don't believe it should be euthanized because its a pitbull, i believe it should die because its vicious! I own pitbulls, have for many years, not one of mine have turned hasty with anyone. I raise all my furbabies with much love and respect. I understand animals have bad days like humans, they have days they don't want to be bothered, and those that truly know their dogs will know when this is. But a dog that will viciously attack another human or animal don't care what breed it is should be put down.

dorothy gale

So Officer Wilson did it right this time. Still doesn't erase the fact that he didn't have to pay for his previous mistake.

big_dog_owner's picture

whats mesed up is neather on of them dogs are agresive i have layed on the floor and played with both of them dogs and i thing that ever one of you that have said some thing bad about them dogs are all full of crap the spd cops are trigger happy idiots there worse that the criminals in the town

big_dog_owner's picture

them two dogs was not agresive think u should know the dog befor you say add your own 2 cents i would of set my new born kid alone in the room with them two dogs ohh wait i been round both them sence they was itty bitty puppys and was not a mean boe one in them 2 playfull yes not cold bloded killers and i thing k you all aint got nothing better to do than down dogs thatwas not agresive


Really? Then why did they attack a 75 year old man who went for a walk with his pooch on a nice day? You are making yourself look like an idiot. Oh wait... Let me guess... You are the owner of these two " precious most love able non aggressive, wouldn't hurt a fly, nanny pit bulls!" Ha, seriously, tell that to the man who was attacked, as well as his pooch.

And learn how to spell, half of your comment can't even be made out.


big_dog_owner......This was very painful to read. Did you get past 2nd grade??


And this 74 year old Ohio man was arrested for protecting pet from pitbull attack. He tried physical force and a stun gun first. He was supposed to watch and listen to his little Shih tzy die. Ohio residents have to watch and listen to their pets squeal and die in front of them. CRAZY unpet friendly place. Share widely. The igg site has numbers to call and people to write. There is a lot you can do to help insure that all people keep the legal right to PROTECT their pets from PITBULLS. Share links.


Kudos to the police officers that had will power made of steel!! How in the heck did you hold back from not putting bullets in the heads of those 2 dogs?? There would have been no hesitation from me.


I am really sorry that this man was attacked by a pit bull. I hope that he recovers soon. I also am upset that the dog that did the attacking happened to be a Pit bull. It makes it look like all Pit bull's are bad, and I know that they are not. I have a wonderful Pit bull/Great Dane mix named Bubby Doo. He's just a big baby. When it comes to dogs, I believe it is all in how they are raised. Any dog can attack. I have been bit by many many small dogs. Also, when it comes to owning dogs, people have to take responsibility for them. All of my dogs are licenced. When they go outside, they are either in a fenced in yard, and we are watching them or on a leash. I never take the chance around other animals that is if I am walking my dogs, I will go to the other side of the street. Just because an animal gets along with most animals doesn't mean that they will like all of them.


This case explodes some myths.

-That Lucy needed to be shot. Two known vicious dogs actively attacking were thwarted first by an unarmed senior citizen and then by cops whose guns remained holstered.

-That pit bulls are some sort of supernaturally empowered killing machines. An unarmed senior citizen faced them and not only survived, but managed to protect his pet. Further, a Jack Russell taken by surprise by TWO pit bulls managed to survive.

-That police are "damned" by the public either way. Comments here are almost universally lauding the police for a prudent, measured response, and the only opposing position I've seen is someone saying they should have used their firearms, which, given what happened in at least one police attempt in the area to shoot a dog recently, would have endangered people in the area.


* Mean dogs running the streets
* Loud music from cars
* Streets and sidewalks falling apart
* Numerous (some would argue countless) drugs houses around town
* Declining rolls in city schools
* Decrease in middle income wages
* Neighborhoods falling apart - could be the drug problems ;-/
* Homicide to resident ratio of a major city
* Weekly (or is that daily?) serious crimes
* Vacant stores

Reminds me of the Springsteen song MY HOME TOWN but this isn't his hometown it's our hometown and I think it sucks.



Can you imagine, she plead not guilty on all 3 charges.

Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
Filed: 04/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1301558A
Docket Entry: Click
Case Type: Criminal
12 Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
Filed: 04/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1301558B
Docket Entry: Click
Case Type: Criminal
13 Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
Filed: 04/23/2013
Arr. Agency: DOG Case #: CRB1301566
Docket Entry: Click
Case Type: Criminal


Where was all the Well done SPD when they shot the rott that was loose last month... I didnt hear anyone saying that, and now you wana say well done come on people. Ohio needs to seriously enforce the carrying of $500,000 liability insurance like we used too. or just simply ban them like canada does