GREENVILLE – The father and grandmother of a 13-year-old who was recently bitten by a dog on a Greenville street are asking Darke County Commissioners to take a look at the county’s quarantine policy.
The boy’s dad, Shawn Crumrine and grandmother, Mary Keenor attended the April 18 county commission meeting.
The two dogs that bit his son, Crumrine said “don’t have licenses or registration” and have bitten before.
Following the commission meeting, Crumrine said that after his son’s incident, neighbors approached him about the same dogs being involved in several other attacks.
According to Crumrine and the Darke County Animal Shelter, the dogs belong to Jaime Hensel, who resides in the 100 block of Euclid Street. Attempts to reach Hensel for comment were not returned.
Hensel has received two charges, failure to control a dangerous dog and failure to control a dog.
The bite took place a block away from Euclid, in front of the boy’s home at 500 Penn St.
“They chased him down Central,” Crumrine said, explaining that on Tuesday, April 5, his son was riding his bike home just after dark from the junior high parking lot. After riding the space of about three homes, Crumrine said his son saw the dogs come out and encircle him. “He pedaled as fast as he could. One dog tried to bite his tire. When he got to the box truck sitting in front of the garage, the pit bull attacked his arm. He kicked it off and the other dog attacked. The pit bull came back after him.”
The other dog was a “shepherd-type” animal, Crumrine said.
Neighbors, Crumrine said, told him the dogs had previously bitten a post office worker, who lives nearby. At that time, neighbors said, the dog’s owner was instructed to “put the dogs down” but had not complied.
Crumrine said he hopes commissioners, as well as city officials, will take into consideration his request.
“I want animal owners to be completely responsible for their dogs,” he said. “They should be licensed and have their rabies shots.”
“The dogs are in quarantine, but I don’t think quarantine should be left up to the homeowner. They are too cIose to the animal. And they (homeowners) aren’t the victims. I want them (dogs) to be quarantined at the animal shelter.”
Crumrine asked commission to consider that the policy be changed so dogs that bite be “placed in immediate custody” of the animal shelter.
Since the attack took place within city limits, Commissioner Diane Delaplane told Crumrine to check on the city of Greenville’s policy as well.
Crumrine was planning on attending the April 19 city commission meeting to bring his request to their attention.
“I’ve hired an attorney,” Crumrine said, noting that a hearing had been scheduled in probate court for Hensel.
Crumrine is asking for lost compensation for his wife’s wages the week she stayed home with their son following the incident, full compensation to their insurance company for medical procedures and up to $175,000 per dog involved in the incident.
His son received numerous stitches and is in the process of receiving rabies shots.
“This was not a one dog attack,” he said. “These dogs were trying to bring him (son) down. I don’t want to face what happened a couple years ago in Dayton” referring to Klonda Richey who was mauled to death in her driveway when her neighbor’s dogs attacked her in February 2014. The dogs were killed by police when they attempted to attack the officers who responded to the 911 call.
Just a couple weeks before the Greenville biting incident, local residents became aware of an online petition asking Darke County Animal Shelter to revise its policy on euthanizing pit bull-type dogs. The petition appears on the website change.org. People from across the United States have signed the petition and called the animal shelter.
Darke County Animal Shelter Director Duane Sanning has been fielding these calls, but is not comfortable with changing the county’s policy.
“How can I adopt out a pit bull to a family with kids, with another dog of a family cat without being able to evaluate them?” he told The Early Bird last week.
Sanning said most temperament testing procedures “have been proven to the degree of yes you do or no you don’t.”