WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau's municipal judge has ordered a pit bull that bit a police officer last month be put down.
Judge Mark Sauer also ordered the dog's owner, Elizabeth Eversole, to pay a $114 fine plus the costs of impounding and euthanizing the animal.
“To do anything else here...would be irresponsible on my part,” Sauer said.
The pit bull, named Dillon, attacked Officer Jon Kindlarski unprovoked February 15th as Kindlarski was responding to a fight call on Prospect Avenue.
Kindlarski's thick winter coat prevented the dog from piercing his skin. But paramedics said the bite caused blood blisters.
Kindlarski shook the dog loose and shot it once as it continued to growl at him.
“That was an isolated incident,” Eversole said in her defense, explaining that the animal was simply trying to protect her. “I know that he is rambunctious, still a puppy but I don't think he is a vicious animal.”
“What really concerns me here is that could have been anyone,” Sauer ruled. “The fact that someone opened the door and the dog escaped doesn't matter.”
Though Sauer's ruling was limited to the incident last month, a police officer and Wausau vet also testified that the dog attacked a neighbor's pet last August.
“This is a dog that can't be controlled,” said assistant city attorney Patricia Cal Baker. “I don't believe that simply spaying or neutering it is not going to be enough for this dog.”