Man bit dogs

Jack Russell recovering in Akron animal hospital; owner who fought back a pit bull attack at Battery Park also on the mend.
Tom Jackson
Apr 23, 2013

Scooter, a dog attacked Friday by two pit bulls in a Sandusky park, is fighting for his life in an Akron animal hospital, his owner said Monday.

"The vet called this morning and said he's not out of the woods," said owner Paul Aviles, of Sandusky. "A lot of his vital signs are good."

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Late Monday afternoon, however, Aviles learned that Scooter has resumed eating, a sign the dog is feeling better.

Scooter, a Jack Russell who had found a good home after being abandoned as a puppy, was walking in Battery Park around noon Friday with Aviles when two pit bulls came up from behind Aviles and attacked the dog.

To save Scooter, Aviles got down on the ground with him and attempted to cover him.

"A couple of times I had to stick my hand in their mouths to break them loose from the dog," Aviles said. 

Aviles said he even bit one of the attackers in the leg.

"I bit him as long and as hard as I could," Aviles said. "They were like demons."

A passerby called police. Officers put Aviles in a police car so he would be safe, then they set to battling the dogs. One dog was tasered and later died. Police captured the other dog and took it to the dog pound.

"As you can see, it's just dog bites," said Aviles, 64, whose hands were covered with bite marks Monday. "It wasn't important."

Aviles, a retired Ford auto worker, teared up when asked about the officers' efforts. 

They were "great" and "very compassionate," he said. 

While Aviles obviously was injured, he insisted that Scooter should be the top priority. Police drove him and Scooter to a local veterinarian, who treated Scooter while firefighters treated Aviles. 

Aviles then took Scooter to a Lorain animal hospital, which told him Scooter needed 24-7, seven-day-a-week care and directed him to Metropolitan Animal Hospital in Akron.

Aviles, whose cell phone wallpaper is a photo of Scooter wearing an Ohio State sweater, said he and his wife have had Scooter for four years.

"My stepson brought him to me and said someone threw him out the window of their car," Aviles said.

Aviles' stepson's girlfriend saw Scooter being tossed from the car. She wanted the dog, but wasn't allow to have a pet where she lived, so Aviles and his wife were enlisted to take Scooter in.

Aviles' wedding ring, apparently lost in the attack, is still missing. Officers searched the attack site without success. Police then put Aviles in touch with a man who has a metal detector, who looked Monday morning but found nothing, Aviles said.

The two pit bulls had tags, which led police to owner Rebecca Hush, 39, 500 block of Reese St. The police issued Hush two citations for dog at large. Dog Warden Barb Knapp told officers that the dogs had a history of being loose, police said.

Knapp said the surviving pit bull mix, named Lola, is being held in quarantine at the dog pound. Hush has said she wants the dog back, Knapp said.


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I am so glad that Scooter and his owner Mr. Aviles are on the mend.

IMO the owner of the pits should not be able to get her dog back. Barb Knapp says that Hush has a history of letting them run loose; I wonder how many other people were bitten by these dogs but never reported it because they couldn't get a tag number because they were trying to get away from them? She lives in the 500 block of Reese Street, what were the dogs doing at Battery Park? That is way out of the range of 'controlling' your dogs.

tell it how it is

since they attacked, the one that's still alive will likely be put down.
Sad that they weren't raised and trained properly. I hate that it's always pits in these stories. I don't believe their bad dogs at all. Just very bad owners who like their reputation.
This whole situation could have been avoided if Hush knew how to take care of her dogs.


You are exactly correct "tell it like it is"
It's the "cooooool" thing to abuse these dogs the way they do. It's a sad situation. Time to hold the owners responsible! I mean really PUNISH them for what they do to these dogs.
I hope this man and his little dog will make a full recovery and I'm sorry for ALL involved~including the pit bulls


BTW~I'm not sorry for Ms. Hush.....she is an abuser and should have to PAY!


We'll hear all about how this is the fault of the owner, but with most breeds, a dog at large is a nuisance. With Pit Bulls, it's a lethal hazard.

Sandusky had a vicious breeds ordinance, but City Commission caved to the Pit Bull fancying deniers and recinded it.

The fact is that Pit Bulls are more dangerous that other dogs and and that risk needs to be managed differently. Different laws for tigers and housecats is not discrimination, it's sound public policy that lawmakers have a duty to enact. Why don't we recognize that difference with Pit Bulls? It's because unethical breeders are cashing in on the low-class fashion of displaying scary-looking dogs, and they're using good-hearted simpletons to defend their market.

The vocal Pit Bull defenders are of two kinds - liars and dupes.

Kudos to the good people who care for those Pit Bulls that need to be rescued, but but if they fail to take special precautions or join the denier crowd, they're just part of the problem.

As always, death threats may be sent to:


tell it how it is

How can you compare a pit bull with a tiger? Not at all.
At one time pit bulls weren't considered dangerous. A different dog was the "big problem". It's not the dog, it's the people. If you train a pit RIGHT, it will be a friendly, loyal, amazing dog. But, most people get them because they're known to have a "mean" demeanor. So then that's how they're treated, as if they're bad animals that can only do harm.
I could beat up my black lab constantly, teach it to be "tough," and have it act exactly like many people believe pit bulls do. You wouldn't want to go anywhere near it. Because of the training, not the dog.

Licorice Schtick


Yes, Pits Bulls should be trained "right," like any other dog. But that won't eliminate their danger. They still need to be handled differntly. Due to their breeding history, their genetic makup means both their physique and their behavior is different from other dogs.

"Myth #1: It's the owner not the breed

"The outdated debate, "It's the owner, not the breed," has caused the pit bull problem to grow into a 30-year old problem.1 Designed to protect pit bull breeders and owners, the slogan ignores the genetic history of the breed and blames these horrific maulings -- inflicted by the pit bull's genetic "hold and shake" bite style -- on environmental factors. While environment plays a role in a pit bull's behavior, it is genetics that leaves pit bull victims with permanent and disfiguring injuries.

"The pit bull's genetic traits are not in dispute. Many appellate courts agree that pit bulls pose a significant danger to society and can be regulated accordingly...."


tell it how it is

Right. This is the type of case I'd agree with charging the owner. She was no where near her dogs, if she had been even looking for them it would have been reported. She is the cause behind this man's pain, as well as his little dog, plus the 2 dogs that have to pay for what they did. It's not all games.


there are a lot of unfit dog owners with all breeds of dogs. why is it that almost all the time when these dogs run amuck its the pit bulls and not some other breed? if it really comes down to the owners I would expect more attacks from all breeds, not just pit bulls..


It seems to always be Pit Bulls because of the "cooooool" (to put it nicely) type of people that have them. We know the type. They don't care about the animal~probably just want to fight them or whatever else they do with/or without them that is so VERY COOL and the dogs suffer in the end~not the "human".

tell it how it is

Plus, society thinks they're these really bad animals. So it's reported every time a pit bull attacks a human or animal, but not every time most other breeds to. Media blow up anything that happens with a pit bull.



Licorice Schtick

Pit Bulls are statistically more dangerous, and for good reason.


I would hope she doesn't get the dog back if she has history of letting them run loose.


I would hope she doesn't get the dog back if she has history of letting them run loose.


You are so right! I am sorry, as I love dogs, but these dogs were not properly trained, and should be put tpsleep. That owner should have to pay ALL expenses for Scooter and his loving master.



I agree.


Do not give the dog back to the owner that has shown no responsibility!!!


And the owner gets a slap on the back


Ban men. They are dangerous to society.


The owner of the pitbull is a woman. Ban women.


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You're on a roll there lady.


This might sound silly, but since Mr. Avrils had to put his hand in the dogs mouth, is it possible that they tore the ring off his finger and swallowed it? I hope that both Mr. Avrils and his dog recover quickly.


It's entirely possible that that's exactly what happened and with all that was going on he didn't feel it coming off. There's no way of knowing if it was the dog that died or the one that is still at the pound unless his stool is watched however I think that Ms. Hush should in be the one to replace it as well - if she had a good conscious about her anyway but if she's had vicious dogs I sincerly doubt she has a decent conscious either. But then again that's passing judgment on her and that's not our job. Let's just hope she'll get the punishment she so justly deserves!! So glad to hear that Scooter is recovering and has such a loving home after getting such a rough start to his life!


Agree with prior posts. Hush absolutely should NOT get her dog back & at the very least should have to pay both Mr. Aviles' & his dog's medical bills.

Kottage Kat

Is there going to be something set up to help with scooters medical bills?
Doubt that lady will be required to pay them
Hang tuff Scooter all are in my prayers.



Justice for Scooter!!!!!!!! Now that's a rally that should be held!!!



Great idea! I hope it happens!

I also agree with Kottage Kat that a fund should be set up to help with Scooter's medical bill.


Too many pet owners are just like Ms. Hush. They have zero sense of responsibility for their animals and, if all she gets slapped with is a loose dog charge, almost zero accountability.

As soon as people are held accountable, whether it's with more serious charges or victim compensation (preferably both), they'll become more responsible. It's clear Ms. Hush doesn't care about the well being of her dogs. It's just as clear she couldn't care less about the well being of other animals or her neighbors. In the absence of accountability, it seems the least authorities can do is prohibit her from owning any more dogs!