MAHONING TOWNSHIP, MONTOUR COUNTY PA - A 2-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL WAS EUTHANIZED AFTER ATTACKING SOMEONE FOR THE THIRD TIME
A 2-year-old dog, previously ruled as dangerous in Mahoning Township, has been euthanized after biting someone for the third time.
The dog, named Scotch, was euthanized on Monday after a bite Saturday in the 300 block of Maple Street, dog warden John Graham said Wednesday.
Shannon Powers also confirmed the euthanization. She serves as communications director of the state's Department of Agriculture, which oversees dog law wardens in the state. Graham said testing is being done on whether the animal had rabies.
Mahoning Township police reported, in a news release Sunday night, they and the Agriculture Department were investigating the incident.
The reddish brown PIT BULL TERRIER, owned by Samarjit Sidhu, escaped from the front door of his home and charged toward the victim who was on foot, police said. The dog caused two lacerations and one puncture wound to the person's right hand with the person falling to the ground in an adjacent yard, police reported.
A relative of Sidhu took the victim to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.
In March, Sidhu pleaded guilty to harboring a dangerous dog and to failing to keep the animal under reasonable control. Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder ordered him to pay fines and court costs totaling $584 for the dangerous dog citation and $184 in costs for not having the dog under reasonable control.
Sidhu previously said he was making plans to send the pit bull to India to live with a cousin who owns pit bulls.
Graham cited Sidhu for that incident involving Thomas J. Conlin. At a meeting in March, Conlin told the township supervisors the dog attacked him and his wife Marie, who fractured her leg, as they were walking on Maple Street on Feb. 22.
The dog had previously bitten township resident Nancy Whelan.
If a dog has been determined to be dangerous, the owner must comply with a number of state Agriculture Department regulations including a $500 annual fee, posting of warning signs, carrying $50,000 in liability insurance, submitting to at least two annual inspections, microchipping, confinement, muzzling and restraining the dog when it is outside an enclosure, according to Powers.