Dog, owner injured after attack in Pittsburgh – WPXI
PITTSBURGH – A Carrick man and his dog were injured after they were attacked by dogs running free in the street.
Jeff Langstraat and Justin Mingus say they spent weeks trying to get justice for their dog Omar.
“Omar was sitting right next to me and all of a sudden he barked because there were dogs running on the street,” Mingus said. “And they saw it and flew up the stairs.”
And that’s when they attacked.
“And they just started trying to pull him apart. It was absolutely terrifying, ”Mingus said.
Langstraat tried to intervene.
“I ran out of the house, tried to pry my jaws open, and that’s why I have all these hand injuries from the teeth,” he said.
Neighbors called the police. Both owners and their dog were injured. And they say animal control couldn’t take the dogs away.
“The way the laws are set, the hands of animal control are really tied,” Langstraat said.
So they contacted local leaders. State Representative Jessica Benham responded in an email that dogs are legally considered property and that there are constitutional constraints when it comes to treating someone’s property. She said she would consider legislative changes to be proposed to prevent such attacks from happening again.
“It’s really the frustrating part is that the system doesn’t work,” Langstraat said.
In the meantime, these owners tell us that another dog has been victimized. The neighbors even tried to record videos of the dogs running around the neighborhood. For now, the only solution they say is to take matters into your own hands.
“We’re going to put a barrier on our porch to keep them out. And we keep a baseball bat and a mace on the porch with us now, ”Langstraat said.
But there is a silver lining. They say the neighbors have started to warn of the danger.
“It has been, I would say, a bright spot, is that we probably know more about our neighbors now than we did in the three years we have lived here,” he said.
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