Tuesday, September 12, 2017


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.


Anonymous said...

The laws need to change. When a pit bull attacks once, it's lights out. Giving nutters multiple opportunities to commit murder via pit bull, is insane.

There shouldn't be ANY VICTIMS, but let's keep on proving that a particular pit bull is dangerous before it is euthanized. Makes so much sense!

Anonymous said...

I love my dogs. They have brought liveliness, joy and love to us and were a huge comfort to me during some really hard times. But no matter what my feelings for my dogs, I cannot fathom someone so bereft of decency that he would go this far to maintain such a threat to his neighbors' safety. Dogs are supposed to be a domesticated animal. Why would you want a "pet" like this?

This is not love for your pet anymore; it is mental illness. And then to think he could solve the problem by flying the vicious animal to India.

They don't like to euthanize animals over there so I guess the dog could have a long and storied career of mauling. What on Earth?!