A Glouster woman has been charged in Athens County Municipal Court following a dog bite incident earlier this month.
Jamie Hoyd of Spring St., Glouster, has been charged with failure to keep a dog under control, a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to be in court on June 27.
The charge was filed by Sheriff’s Detective Ryan Gillette, who has been overseeing day-to-day operations of the Athens County Dog Shelter since Sheriff Rodney Smith was designated as dog warden in January. The charge states that the dog is a pitbull.
Glouster police said they responded to the June 3 incident on Spring Street and found an 11-year-old girl, Miley McKee, lying in the street with a leg wound. She was transported to a hospital by Athens County Emergency Medical Services.
The girl’s mother, Stacie Robison, said in a message sent to The Messenger that McKee received nine stitches at the hospital. Robison said that at the time of the attack, McKee was taking Robison’s 1-year-old baby for a walk.
“The dog came out of someone’s unfenced yard and was growling and showing teeth to the baby,” Robison wrote. “My daughter, who is 11, then pulled the stroller behind her and the dog then grabbed hold of her leg and drug her down a hill.”
Two friends who were with the girl helped her escape the dog, the mother wrote.
The dog is in quarantine at the owner’s residence, according to Smith.
Smith said he has designated the dog as a “dangerous dog” under Ohio law. A dangerous dog is one that without provocation causes an injury, but not injury to the extent that the dog should be designated as vicious. The designation of dangerous dog requires specific steps be taken to control the animal and the dog is required to have a dangerous dog registration tag costing $50.
Smith said Hoyd can contest the designation in court.
Municipal court’s online docket indicates that Hoyd was charged in 2018 with failure to control an animal, did not contest the charge and was fined $30 and costs for a total of $130. There is nothing in the online docket to indicate whether it was the same dog.
Smith said his department will be putting together a pamphlet for dog bite victims explaining the law, their rights and the legal process.