Dog groomer attacked by pit bull

WARREN — A woman clipping the nails of a rescued pit bull was attacked by the animal until the dog’s adoptive owner stabbed it when both a Taser and pepper spray failed, according to a Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office report.

Elizabeth Kesner, 52, Girard, was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. She will need plastic surgery on her face and left ear, has compound fractures to both bones in her left arm and may have broken bones in her right hand, according to the report.

Police were called just after 10 a.m. Sunday to 5939 state Route 5 in Cortland by Kristin Boyd, 33, who told the sheriff’s deputies she fosters dogs for Pitbull Advocates of Armstrong County in Kittanning, Pa., and had the animal — known as Boss or Lucian — for about four months.

The agency did not respond to a message seeking comment, and neither did Boyd.

The dog had a history of biting people but was up to date on shots, the report states.

Kesner does dog grooming for Boyd, the report states. She was holding the animal while another woman attempted to cut its nails, but it began to growl, and when Kesner let go of it, it began attacking her, the report states.

Boyd came in the garage when she realized something was wrong and used a Taser and pepper spray on the animal. When that didn’t work, she got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed it behind the rib cage on his right side, the report states.

The dog then let go of Kesner, and Boyd put the animal in a cage.

Officials from the Trumbull County Dog Warden took the animal to a clinic in Girard, where it was to be euthanized. It will be tested for rabies, the report states.

The dog was once under the custody of the dog warden but released to the Pitbull Advocates of Armstrong County.



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