A Roosevelt Road resident has agreed to give up ownership of her two dogs after they attacked a neighbor this week.
Lois Hennesee was the victim of the dog attack. She was bitten by one of the dogs on the hip and has been prescribed an antibiotic by her doctor.
“I knew the dogs were out, but I didn’t know they would bite me,” said Hennessee, who was talking to the dogs’ owner at the time of the attack. “She never told me the dogs would bite until after I was bitten. She had to walk me back to my door to keep them off me.”
Hennessee said she and her husband, Kenneth, lived on 40 acres in the Rocky River community for years while she worked at Oster. She said since she moved to town about five years ago, they have endured a number of dog-related problems.
“I guess people turn their dogs loose to get exercise, but they get in our yard and cause problems,” said Lois. “I’m just thankful it wasn’t my 3-year-old grandson out playing in the yard. Those dogs would have torn him to pieces.”
Kenneth echoed his wife’s sentiments about dogs causing problems in the neighborhood.
“There’s a guy who walks up and down this street and I saw him have to fight dogs off with a stick when they came after him,” said Kenneth. “I wish something could be done to make people keep their dogs up and not let them run free.”
According to city code, dogs do not have to be leashed as long as they are confined to their owner’s property. Should a dog venture off its property, it should be on a leash, according to David Denton, the city’s Animal Control officer. Dogs are not allowed to run loose on the street or on anyone else’s property, he said.
Even though only one dog was involved in biting Hennessee on the hip, Denton said the owner surrendered ownership of both her dogs to Animal Control. Denton said the dogs, two mixed breeds, will be monitored over the next 10 days to determine if their behavior makes them candidates to be adopted.
The dogs are said to be up to date on their vaccines, although Denton is investigating to ensure that is true.