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Man, two dogs attacked by Pit Bull

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 03:19 PM

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Four deputies had to take turns holding down an out-of-control Pit Bull that attacked a man while walking his two German Shepherds.

On Saturday, Robert Occhiogrosso said he was walking his two dogs along Copper Hill Drive when he told deputies a Pit Bull attacked—biting his one dog in the throat and the other on the legs, according to a Hernando County Sheriffs Office report.

Occhiogrosso intervened and was able to gain control of the dog, which he held onto the ground until deputies arrived, the report shows.

The first deputy to arrive noted that Occhiogrosso had blood on his face, shirt and arms and was exhausted. After taking over holding down the animal, the deputy wrote in his report that he couldn't shoot the dog due to having to use both hands to hold it down.

In the end, four deputies took part in holding the animal to the ground until Spring Hill Fire Rescue arrived with a dog catcher's pole and some rope. Eventually, Animal Control took possession of the animal, the report shows.

Deputies came away with scratches, but no bites from the dog. The injuries to the two German Shepherds were also determined to be minor.

Deputies spoke to the Pit Bull owner, Garfield Howell, who told them he learned the dog had escaped from its fenced-in enclosure. Deputies noted the wood fencing was scratched and bent back along with evidence of the dog digging under it.

Animal control is still investigating the matter.

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