Pit bull mauls 2-year-old in dog’s second attack; owner charged

Same animal bit off the tip of a man’s nose in January; dog has been put down, a Middletown animal control officer said Monday.
By Daniel Wells
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown man was charged with felony child endangerment after his 2-year-old daughter was mauled Thursday by the same pit bull terrier that bit off the tip of a man’s nose in January.

Johnathan W. Miller, 23, took the dog from its previous owner after it was declared vicious Jan. 30, said Liz Lucas, Middletown animal control officer.

“He was aware that the dog had been deemed vicious,” she said.

The 2-year-old girl was sitting on the floor playing with a toy about 7:32 p.m. when the dog suddenly bit her on the left side of the face, according to the police report.

The girl had severe injuries including a “very large laceration that cut completely through her cheek,” according to the report.

She also had a puncture wound on her nose and a bump on her forehead.

The girl was taken to Atrium Medical Center and then transported to Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, Lucas said.

Miller was arraigned Friday in Middletown Municipal court and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

“The dog has been euthanized and is being tested for rabies,” Lucas said.


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