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Pit bull attacks dog, is killed by Campbell officer

Published: Thu, October 6, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


A police officer shot and killed a pit bull that attacked another dog, and the dog that was attacked had to be euthanized, police say.

Sgt. Dave Taybus said the pit bull was running loose and attacked the smaller dog, named Tobey, who was being walked on a leash by his owner.

The attack occurred around 5:40 p.m. Friday as the 54-year-old Campbell woman and Tobey were walking on Tremble Avenue, a police report says.

Officer John Gulu was dispatched to the call. When he got there, he saw the pit bull circling Tobey. While Gulu tried to get information from his owner, the pit bull attacked Tobey again, the report says.

Gulu shot the pit bull with a stun gun, and it retreated. Gulu and Tobey’s owner were trying to remove Tobey from the street when the pit bull ran aggressively toward them, the report says.

Gulu fired two rounds into the pit bull’s chest, the report says.

Tobey had severe wounds on his neck, head and face and could not be saved, Taybus said, adding that the owner came to the police station Sunday and told him a veterinarian had euthanized the dog.

The pit bull’s owner, Jerry Smith, 27, of 191 Tremble Ave., is facing fourth-degree misdemeanor charges of letting his dog run loose and having a vicious or dangerous dog. There are warrants for his arrest.

Taybus said that over the years, the problems with pit bulls have gotten “worse and worse.”

State law requires the dogs to be fenced and chained, and owners must have $100,000 of liability insurance.

The report says Smith told police he does not have the insurance.


1Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

They need to clean up Campbell period and quit letting so much riff raff in . Sick of all these bad renters coming in just so they can rent these buildings in campbell and then the people who have lived her all there lives have to put up with them.

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2DwightK(1458 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

At least it didn't attack a child. I wonder why it was trained to be so vicious, because dogs don't get this mean unless you make them that way.

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3Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

These dogs are breed for and often made mean for fighting.

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4MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

This area with it's thug culture has severe issues with this type of savage pitt-bull abuse.The pound is proof of this mental illness.We all must be mental cases to pay for the low income housing chock full of people that have these dogs - that no doubt do not even feed them let alone pay for the proper insurance .Many people that own pitts do not even feed their own kids... lets be honest.

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5walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

As I understand it from my readings of the Michael Vick story, the pit bull terrier was the ultimate lap dog many years ago. It did not harm humans and was bred for protection from other animals, especially dogs. When a pit bull was found to be harmful to humans, it was immediately put down. Unfortunately, that thinking is no longer used in current breeding and we now have many vicious dogs. I wouldn't want them in my neighborhood.

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6MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

pitt-bulls are often starved to fight - this is a standard training tactic- very similar to the abuse eye witnessed and reported that the dogs at the Frat House shot up suffered. Don't you know that thugs that smash dogs in the head with boards leaving them injured and starving tied to a house are hero's... lets plant a tree -on campus and tie a starving beat up pitter to it ... Sublect losers.

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7MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

WMD losers should be banned from owing these dogs that end up abused. It's not the animals fault they have creatons for owners...

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8MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

NO dog food- NO trip to the vet - 100 pairs of athletic shoes - PRICELESS.... ONLY IN YOUNGSTOWN !

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9lilgandee(103 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

All breeds can be mean, my little min pin mix is mean-she was when she came into my home to foster. The day she met my husband she bit him in 3 places-not drawing blood. she loves kids though. She has gotten much better with all but many pit owners like having them mean to look tough, hurts the breed. Lots of areas around Youngstown need to be cleaned up.Section 8 and projects need to stop existing since 3/4 of them lie to get it. Why else are the areas a wreck and they run around in fancy cars and shoes.

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10Aequitas(5 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

All dogs are mean if they are raised to be mean. Pitt bulls through irresponsible owners are raised not to stop. Its always the owners fault and the Pitt bulls have to take the wrap for people who do not deserve to own anything.

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