An off duty police officer is recovering after a morning dog attack on Elizabeth Street in Lima.
According to the Lima Police Department, third shift patrol officer Mark Link was taken to St. Rita's Medical Center with serious injuries after TWO PIT BULLS attacked him.
The Allen County Dog Warden's Office was called to the 900 block of North Elizabeth Street because the dogs were loose and attacking people. When the animal control officer arrived, Link had already been bit in the head, and the dogs were charging other people.
Dog warden, Julie Shellhammer, says both dogs were shot in order to stop the attacks. The shots were not fatal, but the dogs were later euthanized. They will be tested for rabies. The owner of the dogs was given a citation.
THE OWNER WAS IN VIOLATION OF BOTH STATE AND CITY LAWS. LIMA'S RULES ARE STRICTER THAN THE STATE RULES AND INCLUDE A RESTRICTION THAT ALLOWS JUST ONE PIT BULL PER RESIDENCE.