SHELBYVILLE IN - THE BOARD OF WORKS HEARD RESIDENTS TELL ABOUT A DANGEROUS PIT BULL SITUATION IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD ...IN THE LATEST THE MEAT GRINDER ATTACKED AN AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD AND BIT A MAN: ANIMAL SHELTER SPOKESPERSON, "THE DOG IS NOT QUITE WIRED RIGHT"
A pit bull that has proven dangerous in the past will not get another chance to injury anyone.
The Board of Works listened to a resident at 403 Eberhart Drive in Shelbyville explain how her Australia Shepherd suffered 10 puncture wounds when a neighbor’s pit bull attacked it. Another neighbor also was bitten while trying to remove the pit bull from the situation.
The neighbor that was bitten told the Board of Works Tuesday morning at City Hall he has seen the dog loose before and chasing kids.
The injured dog needed $330 worth of medical treatment but is now recovering at home.
The owner of the pit bull, who resides at 407 Eberhart Drive, did not show up at the meeting Tuesday despite being summoned.
Keith Barrett of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter spoke of the nature of the pit bull.
“We’ve had this trouble before. A lot of it is the irresponsible owners,” said Barrett. "THE DOG IS WHAT I SAY, AND I'VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME, IS NOT QUITE WIRED RIGHT. HE IS EXTREMELY DOG AGGRESSIVE. IT'S AGGRESSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE AND NOT OTHERS. I'M SURE IT'S FINE WITH THEM IN THAT HOUSEHOLD BUT IF IT GETS OUT OF THAT HOUSEHOLD AND RUNNING, I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THIS HAPPENS AGAIN."
Barrett told the Board of Works he made several attempts to work with the owner to relinquish the dog to no avail.
With the dog’s history and the owner’s lack of appearance Tuesday morning, the Board of Works voted 3-0 to have the dog euthanized.
Mayor Tom DeBaun, who is a member of the Board of Works, asked city attorney Jennifer Meltzer if there are options available to deal with the living situation at 407 Eberhart Drive, which reportedly has at least 10 people residing there.
“Does this establish any kind of pattern, or after we resolve this issue, maybe we move forward with any other actions?” asked DeBaun, who reiterated there is another dog at the 407 Eberhart residence that also gets loose in the neighborhood, which is only a few blocks from the new Golden Bear Preschool that will open in August. “We know there is a likely chance we will have other nuisance complaints.”
“I can look at the ordinances and see statutes and see if there is something that allows for us to address problems that can be addressed separately rather than in every single incident individually,” said Meltzer.
“It’s going to be a busy summer...unfortunately,” said DeBaun.