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Attack pit bulls euthanized

Published: July 9, 1997 12:00 AM

By Wendy SufrinRecord-Courier staff writer Two pit bulls who seriously injured a 12-year-old boy during a June 26attack in Streetsboro were euthanized by the Portage County Dog Warden'soffice Monday. The dogs, which could have been destroyed Sunday after theend of a required 10-day quarantine period, were being held at the kennelas evidence. Having received clearance from the Portage County Prosecutor'soffice and the Portage County Health Department, Portage County Dog WardenJon Barber had the dogs destroyed Monday, one day after the quarantine periodexpired. Rain and Storm, mother and grown pup, respectively, attacked 12-year-oldJason Fischer on June 26 in Streetsboro when he and a friend approachedthe Grubaugh residence at 9358 Page Road to visit a friend. Jason was transportedto Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center with some 30 bites and puncturewounds to his chest, hip, arms and legs. Jason was released from the hospital last week and faces extensive physicaltherapy, said his father, Carl Fischer. The dogs were restrained by an invisible electronic fence surrounding theGrubaugh property. Police charged dog owner Janice Grubaugh with a fourth-degreefelony count of confinement of a vicious animal. Grubaugh faces a possiblesix to 18 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. She is scheduled toappear in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna at 8:15 a.m. July 17.Immediately after the attack, the Grubaugh family signed a release authorizingthe dog warden to euthanize the dogs. Before that could happen, the healthdepartment had to confirm that the dogs didn't have rabies ``so the childdoesn't have to go through the (rabies) shots,'' Barber said. The owners were not present at the shelter Monday, according to a spokeswomanat the kennel.


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