Deputies help recover three German Shepherds that bit factory worker

Staff report


The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office helped return three dogs to their owner Thursday that attacked a Newton Township factory worker Monday.

The owner of the dogs was charged Wednesday in Newton Falls Municipal Court with failing to restrain the dogs.

A Newton Township woman living on East River Road called 911 at 7:15 a.m. Thursday to report that three German Shepherds had entered a fenced area of her back yard.

Deputies determined they were the same dogs that had bitten the factory worker. Deputies contacted the owner, David Hanson of Warren Road in Newton Falls, and he took the dogs from an out building and took them home.

Hanson had already appeared Wednesday in Newton Falls Municipal Court, pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failure to restrain the dogs. Deputies identified Hanson as the owner of the dogs Monday, even though the dogs remained on the loose until Thursday.

An employee of Venture Plastics on Ravenna Warren Road suffered multiple serious lacerations to her legs Monday when the dogs attacked her as she was traveling from one part of Venture Plastics to another at 3:16 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

The woman, 52, of Champion, went to St. Joseph Warren Hospital for treatment of the wounds.

Hanson was unable to provide up-to-date shot records for the dogs. Hanson said he had been keeping the dogs in his yard with an electric fence and collars.

21 WFMJ-TV reported that the dogs were later taken to the Trumbull County Dog Pound until a judge decides whether they will be returned to the owner.

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