UPDATE | Owners charged after pit bull allegedly attacks neighbor

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CEREDO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is recovering after police say she was attacked by her neighbor's pit bull.

A woman is being treated for serious injuries after humane officials say she was attacked by a pitbull in Ceredo.

Ceredo Police say the woman had let her dog out and her neighbor's pit bull was out at the same time. Police say the pit bull tried to jump the fence to get to the other dog and the woman got caught between the two dogs.

Police say the woman suffered serious injuries and is still recovering.

Ceredo's Police Chief Tony Poston says the owners of the dog are now facing charges, citing the town's "vicious dog" ordinance that is in place, which bans these types of dogs in city limits.

According to the ordinance, "No person shall own, keep or harbor a pit bull terrier, as defined herein, or any other type of vicious dog, within the corporate limits of the municipality."

The ordinance states that a "vicious dog" is "any dog with a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or other domestic animals" or "any dog which attacks a human being or another domestic animal one or more times without provocation."

That very ordinance was challenged years ago in the state Supreme Court of Appeals after three people were charged in Ceredo for having pit bulls in city limits.

The Supreme Court ended up ruling that the ordinance was constitutional.

Violators of the ordinance can face fines and even up to a month in jail.

The police chief says these types of ordinances are in place to prevent these types of attacks.

He is also urging everyone to know the laws when it comes to owning these types of dogs in certain areas.

Below is a list of some towns in the tri-state area and their ordinances:

  • Flatwoods, Kentucky: Rules and regulations regarding "vicious dogs." To see their ordinance, click here.

  • Huntington, West Virginia: Rules and regulations regarding "vicious dogs." To see their ordinance, click here.

  • Dunbar, West Virginia: Rules and regulations regarding "vicious dogs." To see their ordinance,click here.

  • South Charleston, West Virginia: Rules and regulations regarding "vicious dogs." To see their ordinance, click here.

  • South Point, Ohio: Bans pitbulls. To see their ordinance, click here.

  • Portsmouth, Ohio: Rules and regulations regarding "vicious dogs." To see their ordinance, click here.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/22/19
A woman is being treated for serious injuries after humane officials say she was attacked by a pit bull in Ceredo.

Humane officials with Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control say it happened on C Street Sunday afternoon and the attack was unprovoked. They say the woman was in her backyard when the dog jumped a fence.

In addition to her ear lobe bitten off, officials tell WSAZ the woman had cuts on her cheek, nose, arms, and back of her head.

The incident happened in city limits, where officials say owning pit bulls is illegal and charges are pending.

Officials say the dog has had a rabies vaccine, and has not been euthanized at this time.

Charges are pending.

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