More Dog Attacks

By: Shane Symolon
By: Shane Symolon

There was another pit bull attack in the Valley and now the same dog owners are under investigation.

The latest attack happened on Ashby Avenue across the street from the Salvation Army yesterday afternoon.

Police say charges have been filed against the owners of the dogs, though they will not release details.

People who live and work around the area say they want something to be done about these dogs.

Bucky Berry has been mowing the lawn here at the Salvation Army for years.

Yesterday he says he saw a pit bull loose on the street.

When he went to try to tell the owners he was attacked.

"If I didn't get inside Salvation Army headquarters through the double doors the dog would have mauled me to death; getting in the building is the only thing that saved me," says Bucky Berry.

The dog only bit Bucky's arm before he made it inside.

Bucky isn't the first victim of dog attacks in this neighborhood.

Almost exactly a month ago three people were attacked by pit bull pups in the same way.

The dogs’ owners wouldn't talk to us about the problem today.

Bucky says something needs to be done in the neighborhood.

"They don't have a sign up anywhere, the fence is only three feet up to your waist and they don't have the dog tied up in the secure location like they should be," he says.

The two dogs from last months attack now sit in quarantine with the latest attacker.

Police say removing the pit bulls and courts assigning fines is all the law allows them to do.

"The only thing we can do is enforce the laws that are existing, that’s up to the courts," says Kurt Boshart with the Harrisonburg Police.

There is some news with the charges made with the dog attacks last month.

The dogs were found to be dangerous by the court which means they'll be kept off the streets.

The owner was fined $201.

However charges of failing to keep animals under control will be decided next month in court.

Hearings from yesterday's attack will be held next week.

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