Scooter on the mend

Jack Russell attacked by pit bulls last week still in animal hospital
Tom Jackson
Apr 25, 2013

Scooter, the dog attacked by two pit bulls Friday in a Sandusky park, is slowly getting better.

The surviving assailant, being held at the dog pound, faces the accusation of being "vicious."

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Scooter was on a leash while walking at Battery Park with his owner, Paul Aviles, 64,  when he was attacked by two pit bulls. 

Police came to the rescue. One pit bull died after being zapped with a Taser and the other was captured. Scooter and Aviles both suffered dog bites.

Aviles, a retired Ford worker who has been driving to an animal hospital in Akron to check on his pet, said Wednesday that Scooter is improving. The Jack Russell may return home in a few days.

"He's starting to eat baby food and drinking a little water," Aviles said. "They said they need to keep an eye on him a couple more days at least.

"They said his progress is slow but he's gradually improving," he said. 

Scooter suffered bites and broken ribs in the attack.

"Yesterday he was more alert than the day before," said Aviles, adding that Scooter sat in his wife's lap and nuzzled her. "That's a good sign. We just hate to leave him."

The surviving pit bull, meanwhile, remains in the Erie County Dog Pound. 

His owner, Rebecca Hush, 42, of the 500 block of Reese St., faces two misdemeanor "dog at large" charges. Dog warden Barbara Knapp said her court date is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29. 

In addition, Knapp has designated the surviving pit bull mix, Lola, as "vicious." If Hush contests this, a judge will decide if the label sticks.

If the dog is found to be vicious, it would have to be kept in a locked, fenced pen, and Hush would need to acquire $50,000 in liability insurance. The dog would also have to wear a tag saying it is vicious, and it would need to be neutered or spayed. When taken for walks, the dog would have to wear a muzzle and remain on a leash at all times. Finally, Hush would have to pay a vet to install a microchip in the dog.

Hush has indicated she wants the dog back, and if Knapp hears nothing further from legal authorities, the dog will be released Monday. Knapp said she plans to talk to city prosecutor Lynne Gast-King before then.

"In our opinion here, the dog goes after other dogs," Knapp said. "We have not had a people problem."

But that's still a potential for trouble. If a child is walking a dog, the child could become injured trying to rescue the pet from an attack by Lola, Knapp said.

 

Comments

007

Can you believe this women, she pled not guilty to all 3 charges!!

11 Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 04/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1301558A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DOG AT LARGE
Case Type: Criminal
12 Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 04/22/2013
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: CRB1301558B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DOG AT LARGE
Case Type: Criminal
13 Concerning: Hush, Rebecca J
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 04/23/2013
Arr. Agency: DOG Case #: CRB1301566
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: VICIOUS DOG
Case Type: Criminal

Eph 2 8-10

Get well soon, Scooter. [from a fellow JRT]

Kottage Kat

Scooter and Mom &Dad
glad you getting better
Will keep you in our prayers
Kat and the Kottage kats
Marvin Gaye, Mora Lucille and Malachi Levi

fedup2

Give her the vet bill. Make her replace the wedding ring. Reimburse for the investigation. Emergency room costs, etc....Then she might think twice about "Dog at Large".

pusssykatt

This sounds like a plan to me! Just giving her do isn't enough...she needs to take care of the vet and hospital bills...she'll make sure "next" dog is contained properly.

Get well Scooter!

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Mime Bloggling

Glad for the good outcome for Scooter. I agree with Fedup2. She should be held responsible for all costs to the victims.

Nemesis

That's a matter for civil court, and under Ohio law, she is liable for any damages inflicted by her dog. Maybe some attorney reading this article would like to help Scooter's owners pursue this?

xtensionofme

She should be held responsible for both Mr. Aviles' & his dog's medical bills, as well as for replacing the lost wedding band. I still see no reason why she should get her dog back, but I'm not a judge.

YoMamma

Where are all the Lucy lovers? Funny how they are around when the dog is killed when it was aggressive towards a person, but not a peep when it is aggressive towards another animal! This is another example of why stupid people should not have children or pets!!

luvblues2

Apples and Oranges, YM.

Nemesis

Lucy wasn't aggressive toward anything. This case is an example of what aggressive means. Standing there barking is not aggressive.

Tootsiemomma

YoMamma is right on ! took the words right out of my mouth !

Lissa4u

This whole thing scares me to death. We take our little 10 pound dog to Battery Park all the time. It could just as well have been my dog that got attacked. How dare this woman even be allowed to have a dog! I don't think she should get Lola back. Having said this, I don't think Lola should be euthanized, either. She should be taken to a new home (like a life-long shelter or Pit Bull rescue).

To the Aviles--I'm keeping Scooter in my prayers. Please give him an extra tender hug from me.

queenjhb

Get well Scooter from my pets, Jackson & RoRo.

Darkhorse

The judge should order the dog be put down because it is too dangerous. It is obvious this woman will not be able to abide by the orders on her dog.