PORT CLINTON, Ohio (13abc Action News) - A pet owner is mourning after a deadly dog attack in Port Clinton. A pit bull jumped a backyard fence and killed the neighbor's Pomeranian. The pit bull remains locked up in his kennel in the garage on Monroe Street, but the owners of both dogs say he should've been immediately seized for safety. The pit bull lives about two blocks away from a school.
"It’s outright murder," says Beni Domokos. He let his 7-year-old Pomeranian named Miley out in the backyard, and the dog ended up dead.
"I got around the corner of the shed here, and I looked down,” says Domokos. “I saw the pit bull had his jaws clamped on her throat, shaking her to death."
According to Port Clinton police, the neighbor's dog, Astro, a 10-year-old pit bull, jumped the fence Friday, killed Miley and then went after Domokos.
"I punched at it. I kicked at it to try to make it let go, but it wouldn't,” Domokos says.
Astro's owner's girlfriend was home and took control of the dog before police arrived.
Police say the responding officer put the pit bull in the backseat of his vehicle and followed procedure.
9-1-1 dispatch contacted the Ottawa County Dog Warden's Office, but the office didn't go to the scene. Instead, police say they told officers to release the dog to his owner. The detective says that is because "the dog attacked another animal and not a human being."
"I thought that was very wrong after that dog just killed my dog and then they let him back home," says Domokos.
Police charged Astro's owner, 44-year-old William Yount, with the minor misdemeanor of Failure to Confine a Dangerous Dog.
Yount tells 13abc off camera he is sorry. He says he is having his vet put Astro down after a ten-day quarantine.
We called and emailed the Ottawa County Dog Warden's Office throughout the day, but so far we haven’t heard back.
If convicted of the misdemeanor, Yount faces up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.