Pit Bull Mauls Smaller Dog, And More from the Police Reports

Couple shocked to see their pet cornered and severely bitten in apartment building hallway by animal whose owners can't produce evidence of licensing or vaccination.

Residents of an apartment building in the 1300 block of Martha Washington Drive reported Thursday that their dog, a Shiba Inu weighing about 25 pounds, had been attacked, cornered and severely bitten by a pit bull owned by neighbors in the building.

The couple had taken their dog out for a walk, they said, and had just returned when a pizza was delivered to their downstairs neighbors.

The pit bull rushed out the door and drove their dog into a corner, they said, where it bit the smaller dog multiple times, causing lacerations and puncture wounds.

They said the walls and carpet in the corner were spattered with blood — of which they produced pictures — and they had to send the dog immediately to a veterinary hospital.

The owners of the pit bull did not know if their dog was licensed, did not know whether it was vaccinated, and did not know the name of the veterinarian that sees it. The dog was put under quarantine.

In other incidents:


A Wauwatosa resident reported that between 9:15 and 10:30 p.m., while he was at the Starbucks at 151 N. Mayfair Rd., someone smashed a window out of his company truck. Nothing was stolen. Police consider the incident likely related to two earlier vehicle break-ins at the Starbucks location, because the windows were broken in the same way, in the same part of the parking lot and around the same time of the night.


At 1:33 a.m., a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both from Peoria, Ill., were arrested for possession of marijuana after they were stopped for driving without their headlights on in the middle of the night in the 2200 block of Ludington Avenue. Walking up to the car, the patrol officer immediately smelled pot, and found several stashes of small amounts of the drug on them and in their bags. No total weight of marijuana was given in the report.


A resident of the 5800 block of West Wisconsin Avenue reported that between 3:50 and 5 p.m. someone slashed a tire on her car while it was parked in her driveway. The owner said she had let her dog out at about 3:50 and shortly afterward heard it barking and growling aggressively, but she did not investigate.

Deb Strzelecki February 26, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Tosa: May as well be Milwaukee. 4 more years till retirement and getting the heck out of here. I feel so bad for the Shiba as well as the Pittie. Owners of the Pittie should not even have a dog, as they are clearly clueless and totally irresponsible. Hope they don't have kids. (cough, cough)
Toni Araiza February 26, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I'm in agreement that the owners of the Pit Bull canine are unbelievably ignorant and irresponsible. Denying any knowledge of their pets medical history will not prevent the owner of their injured pet from sueing them for medical damages incured. Sadly, on the matter of comparing the Tosa suburb to the City of Milwaukee will not prevent vandalism or theft. This illegal and trespassing of our boundaries occur all over the city and no suburb is immune to the disrespect that others feel entitled to take and or destroy what does not belong to them. People with this mentality have no regard, pride or respect for themselves. We need to continue remaining proactive, watchful and aware that if something doesn't look right, it probably isn't. I'm natively from the City Of San Antonio, Texas, and I'm able to attest that living in the City of Wauwatosa is still the loobest and safest suburb I've ever lived in. People for the most part in this state are hard working, honest and trust worthy people. We are planning on retiring back to our home state, but for the time being, we've enjoyed our stay here.
Toni Araiza February 26, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Excuse my typo. Using the cell phones keyboard is not always ideal:-(
jbw February 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM
They didn't know because they had stolen the dog and were training it for the fights? Meshes nicely with the past reports of stolen puppies of popular fighting breeds.


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