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Woman gets bit by dog after allegedly starting fight in neighbor's yard

"Scruffy" just did what his breed is wont to do when a person in his care is assaulted -- he attacked the aggressor.

An East Main Street woman was sent to UMMC around 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, after she allegedly went onto a neighbor's property and started fighting with a woman who was staying there.

Her leg was reportedly bitten pretty badly.

The woman whom "Scruffy" was reportedly protecting also suffered a dog bite, probably accidentally, when she tried pulling "Scruffy" off the other woman. She was also transported to UMMC.

When the incident started, "Scruffy" was quietly sitting on his own porch at 516 E. Main St., doing what he normally does -- just watching -- when the fight started. He jumped off the porch and attacked the woman who had allegedly come onto his property.

"Scruffy," if that's his real name, Sgt. John Peck wasn't 100 percent sure, is part pit bull.

Neither "Scruffy" nor his owner face any chargers since "Scruffy" did not leave his owner's property and didn't break any laws.

Peck said neighbors were familiar with the dog and described him as normally very friendly. The dog has no prior history of attacks or aggression. Peck said "Scruffy" was friendly with him when he approached.

Whether either of the women will be charged with any crime is unknown, Sgt. Peck said. The case is still open.

Peck said the women had been taunting each other recently, which seemed to precipate the alleged altercation last night.

The police are not releasing any names until and unless actual charges are filed.

(This is a follow up to this initial report.)

Dave Olsen
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I didn't know there was a mensa meeting last night, I'm always missing them, damn.
Kris Gress
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This a good example of how not all pit bulls are aggressive. It's the owners not the breed that give pit bull's & pit mix dogs a bad name.
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Dave, seems that only one knew of the meeting and from reading the artical had double the IQ of the others involved---------"Scruffy" Kris----OUTSTANDING!
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Sounds like the dog was the only grownup there.
Lorie Cook
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LOL, you got that right, john. He did his job! Good boy, scruffy!
Sarah Christopher
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I hope the dog isn't punished for his owners trashy behavior. Sorry...I read more carefully...sounds like "Scruffy" will have a clean record.
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Sounds like Scruffy is doing a good job of keeping his human in the yard, he just has to teach her not to bark.
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Wait a minute...police aren't releasing any names and yet they release scruffy's name! How dare they! I am gonna look up his facebook.
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It is going to be a long Hot Summer in the City!!
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muttonchop sideburns, baby!!!!!!!!!!!! L O L
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Scruffy did her/his job. WTG! Thank you BPD for realizing that a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do. Now....., Scruffy's owners should see if that woman has all "her" shots up todate, she sounds pretty "rabid" LOL
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Howard,thank you for the Flashback posting!
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