Pit bull owner arrested after dog attacked Milwaukee man
WTMJ News Team
MILWAUKEE- The owner of a pit bull that viciously attacked a man walking his dog on Milwaukee's north side Saturday has turned himself in, according to Milwaukee police.
MPD said the 37-year-old man was arrested, but police couldn't confirm his identity because that suspect lied about who he was on the day of the incident.
The suspect is currently on probation and according to police, he faces charges of state obstructing, violation of probation and will receive numerous citations.
The 55-year-old victim from Milwaukee is now in the hospital with serious injuries. Police say he was walking his dog with his wife when the attack happened Saturday night near 42nd and Capitol.
Police told TODAY'S TMJ4 the pit bull jumped from a second-floor balcony, first attacking the couple's dog.
When the man tried to get the pit bull off his dog, it started to maul him.
"The dog really attacked him everywhere," says the victim's step-daughter, Zipporah Wood. "His ear, his underarm. We just thank god it wasn't his neck, you know. We just thank god he's still alive."
Wood says the couple walks through the route often, but this time, the pit bull went crazy.
"The man's wife, someone had thrown her a shovel and she was hitting the dog with the shovel he still wouldn't let go," an eyewitness told TODAY'S TMJ4.
Witnesses say the pit bull finally let go of the man when someone pinned it with their car. Milwaukee police officers then shot the dog twice.
"I've never seen him get vicious toward anyone before," neighbor Jerome Avery says.
Zipporah's family feels it was only a matter of time before the pit bull jumped from the balcony.
She's also got a message for the dog's owner.
"I just want to say to everyone, if you're not going to take proper responsibility for an animal. please don't get [a pit bull]."