Trooper shoots pit bull after it attacks its owner

Posted Jan. 23, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:24 a.m.

LAGRANGE, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper late Saturday afternoon shot and wounded a male pit bull after the animal attacked its owner and forced him to barricade himself in a room in his mobile home on Route 16.

The dog later was euthanized, according to Maine State Police.

The 29-year-old man was treated at Eastern Medical Center in Bangor for bite and puncture wounds on his neck, legs and arms and then released, according to Trooper Adam Coover.

The call for help came in about 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the residence, Coover said Sunday.

“The 911 call came from two gentlemen who said they had locked themselves in the back bedroom,” the trooper said. “One had been mauled by the dog, and the dog was chewing its way through the door, they said.

“Once I got inside,” Coover continued, “the dog lunged at me and I shot it. It ran into a [second] bedroom, and we were able to get the men out of the trailer.”

The 3-year-old dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic in Brewer where it was put to sleep. It will be tested for rabies, Coover said.

This attack was much less severe than one in the same town last year, he said.

In November, Karen Stewart, 41, who lives in the Mattawamkeag area, lost an arm after being mauled by an American bulldog mix on Forest Street in LaGrange. Stewart was visiting friends when she was attacked, according to previous reports.

That dog’s owner, Adam Bemis, 28, of LaGrange on Jan. 4 entered a denial to the civil charge of keeping a dangerous dog during a hearing in Lincoln District Court.

It was not known Sunday whether charges would be filed in Saturday’s attack, Coover said.

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