Man accused of sending pit bull to bite sheriff's deputy
A 22-year-old Ypsilanti Township man was arrested Sunday after he directed his pit bull to attack a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a domestic disturbance, police said.
Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said deputies were dispatched at 9:15 p.m. Sunday to the home in the 500 block of Pinewood Avenue when a woman reported her daughter was arguing with a 22-year-old man about the couple’s child. She notified dispatchers that there were dogs at the house, and the man would not hesitate to send the dogs after deputies that responded.
Deputies arrived at the home and could hear a loud argument coming from the home’s backyard, along with the sound of dogs barking. Two deputies went to a wooden gate and saw the man arguing with a woman while holding an infant in his arm.
Fox said the man’s other arm was holding a pit bull by the scruff of its neck. The pit bull was seated between the man’s legs, Fox said. Deputies told the woman to take that dog and another dog inside, but the man refused to let go of the dog. The woman still took the other dog inside the house.
The couple started arguing again and the deputies started to walk inside the fence, Fox said.
“The man looked at deputies and released his grip on the dog, pushing it toward the deputies,” Fox said. “The deputies attempted to back out of the gate but the dog was able to get to one of them.”
The dog bit down hard enough to penetrate the deputy’s work boot and his skin, Fox said. The dog released and the deputy was able to scramble away outside the fence, where the investigators remained until other deputies arrived on scene.
Eventually, deputies were able to talk the man into putting the dog inside. The man still refused to give up the infant for a short period of time, but he was eventually talked into putting the child down. He was then placed under arrest, Fox said.
The man was set to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, but information on his charges was not immediately available, Fox said. More information should be released Wednesday morning.