An officer described the injuries as 'massive.'
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HUBBARD -- "It's just a mess," an emotional Deborah Kilar said in describing how her friend was bitten by one of Kilar's greyhound dogs.
Melanie Johnson of Fairway Drive, Canfield, who uses a wheelchair because of paralysis, was released after her leg wounds were stitched at a local hospital.
"This is my friend," Kilar said of the 33-year-old Johnson.
Hubbard Township Detective Mike Begeot said Johnson was attacked about 1 p.m. Tuesday at the greyhound shelter Kilar operates at her home on Pine Grove Drive in Hubbard.
Kilar was at work when one of the usually docile racing dogs attacked Johnson. Kilar said she has eight greyhounds that would have been destroyed after their racing careers if she hadn't taken them in.
She has five greyhounds of her own and three up for adoption.
Johnson wanted to adopt Milton, one of the dogs, but couldn't because she has a cat, Kilar said.
Greyhounds possess a high prey drive that motivates them to chase a lure at racetracks. It's that instinct that prohibits them from being adopted by cat owners, Kilar explained.
For about two weeks, Johnson had been going to the shelter to work with Milton. Milton attacked Johnson inside Kilar's home. "It was completely unprovoked," Kilar said.
With Johnson in her wheelchair and Milton's jaw around her leg, Johnson managed to back the dog into the fenced back yard and close the door between them, Kilar said.
"From what I understand, it was a pretty massive attack," said Donna Grombacher, animal control officer at the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League.
Begeot and Kilar explained that Johnson couldn't feel the pain of the attack because of her paralysis.
Animal Welfare made sure Milton had his proper vaccinations. Still, the dog will be quarantined 10 days before it is destroyed.