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Pit Bull Attack Victims Being Evicted from Apartment for Pet-Sitting "Known Attack Breed"

| by Denise A Justin
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On June 21, Janet Miller, 57, and her fiancé, Ken Link, 53, were viciously mauled by a rescued Pit Bull they were “pet sitting” for her daughter in their Glen Burnie apartment. Glen Burnie is a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. The couple is now being evicted from their Highland Drive apartment at the end of this month as a result of that incident, according to a Washington Post report on July 4.

Miller told reporters that she received a 30-day eviction notice from Southgate Apartments management, notifying them that they had to vacate the property because they had kept her daughter’s Pit Bull on the premises “without management’s knowledge or consent,” and" had put herself and other residents in danger."

Miller said she has never missed a rent payment.

The management company reportedly informed residents in October that pets of “known attack breeds” including Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German shepherds and Chow Chows, or “any animal with any visible aggressive behavior,” were not permitted to visit or reside on the property.

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“I’ve never in my life heard of that, of a visiting pet having to go to the rental office and go through (the management) seeing if the dog is aggressive,” Miller said.

A representative of Southgate Apartments declined to comment, the Washington Post states.

Miller said the Pit Bull, Capone, never showed signs of aggression before the attack. However, because they knew some residents might be wary of Pit Bulls, the couple took the precaution of leaving through the back door and avoiding neighbors.

“And we were trying to get him contained and away from people,” Miller said. “We were definitely thinking of safety when this [the attack] happened, even though you don’t think of anything but, ‘I want to live.”

“He (Capone) was like a grandson to me,” Miller said. “He was a very good, non-aggressive dog...he would come up and give you his paw, rolled over and would put his paws up for you to rub his belly.”

Miller and Link took Capone and Link’s beagle mix, Shiloh, for a brief walk on the evening of June 21. About 100 feet from the building’s front door, Capone escaped from his collar during a confrontation with a smaller dog and he ran “like a playful puppy” in fast circles, Miller said. The couple then called Capone, and Link said, “I wanted to get the leash on him, but once the dog lunged and started biting, I was just trying to get away from the dog at that time.”

“And I was screaming, ‘call 911’ and ‘protect your face, Miller said, as Capone began attacking both of them. She said she got blood on Link’s dog while trying to protect it from Capone, as it barked and tried to defend the couple.

A neighbor on the upper floor called out, “You’ve got to stab him!” and threw a knife down, which Miller tossed toward Link. She then climbed on top of an air-conditioning unit near the doors and the Pit Bull lunged at Miller’s arm and wouldn’t let go.

Officers said that when they arrived, the saw the woman in the entry door to an apartment, suffering from multiple bite wounds. As they approached, the Pit Bull ran down from an upper landing and again "went after" the woman, the report stated.

Link made it to the door of the couple’s basement apartment while Miller went up one floor, both sliding on the blood-covered entryway. A neighbor sheltered her inside until paramedics and the police arrived, she said.

The dog then turned on the police officers. One had to use a Taser to deter it so they could begin offering aid to the Miller. Once they had gained entry to the apartment they found Link also bleeding badly and suffering from multiple bite wounds, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Capone later died as a result of the police having to use the Taser twice to stop the attacks. He was described as an unaltered male, between two and three years of age. “I don’t know if it’s wrong or right to have feelings (about the dog),” Miller said. “I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been put down.”

The couple was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Both suffered severe injuries to their arms and legs. Link suffered artery damage in his left arm and said his right hand still feels numb, the Washington Post reports.

“I’m still having nightmares about it, and then I hear I’m going to lose my home now,” Miller said.

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Source: Washington Post