BOWLING GREEN KY - A NEIGHBOR'S 5 PIT BULLS JUMPED A FENCE AND MAULED A GERMAN SHEPHERD, CHASED A MAN WHO JUMPED ON TOP OF A TRAMPOLINE, ATTACKED AN OFFICER AND THEN BEGAN FIGHTING EACH OTHER
A Bowling Green woman was charged with five counts of harboring vicious animals Monday after her FIVE PIT BULLS jumped a fence, attacked a neighbor's German shepherd and had a man cornered on a trampoline.
At 1:25 p.m., Bowling Green police officers were called to the 1700 block of Holly Drive after the dogs jumped a fence from 1705 Holly Drive and attacked a 3-year-old German shepherd that was severely injured, according to the citation. When officers arrived, they found Hector Morphin standing on a trampoline, stranded in an attempt to protect himself from the dogs.
The dogs' owner, Roseanna Phelps, 40, was cited to Warren District Court at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
The shepherd was so badly injured that it may not survive, according to the citation.
A police officer was trying to get Morphin to safety when one of the dogs attacked the officer. The officer emptied his can of OC spray on the dog but it did not stop the dog. The officer then had to use his asp baton to strike the pit bull to free both the officer and Morphin, according to the citation and Capt. Matt Edwards.
"Once the officers got the citizen free, they withdrew and animal control took the dogs into custody," Edwards said.
In addition to injuring the shepherd, the pit bulls also turned on each other during the attack, suffering injuries.
Animal control officers responded from both the city and the county, Edwards said. Three of the pit bulls had to be tranquilized and two others that had run from the pack were captured and leashed. All of the dogs were taken to the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society.
The shelter will hold the pit bulls pending court action, Edwards said.