Pit bull kills West Va. man who was trying to help his owner

March 10th, 2015 by Staff

The animal has been placed in quarantine.

(Action 4 News Pittsburgh) WHEELING, West Va. – Police in West Virginia say a pit bull attacked and killed a man who was trying to help the dog’s ill owner.

Relatives of 63-year old David Wallace say he suffered a fatal heart attack and 62-year old Roy Higgenbotham attempted to give aid.

A woman in the house say Wallace’s pit bull attacked Higgenbotham.

The incident occurred Sunday night at a home in East Wheeling.

Pit bulls are listed as vicious animals in Wheeling, among other breeds and they must be registered but Wallace’s dog was not, according to the Ohio County Animal Control director, Dough McCroskey.

“You have to have a 6-foot high fence, you have to have a $100,000 liability insurance policy on them and they must be muzzled whenever off your property, on a leash,” says McCroskey.

A police department news release says both people were pronounced dead at a local hospital. Their names haven’t been released.
Ohio County Animal Control removed the dog from the home and placed it in quarantine.

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