UNION CITY, Ohio – The Union City Ohio Police Department, in collaboration with medics from the Union City Ohio Fire Department, responded to a distress call at 704 Lynnwood Court. The incident involved a female victim who was attacked by a dog. Upon arrival, officers found the victim with bites on her arms, legs, and flank. The severity of her injuries necessitated urgent transportation to Miami Valley’s Level One Trauma Center by a CareFlight.
Investigation revealed that the dog responsible for the attack was owned by the victim and her significant other. Concerns about their safety around the dog were raised and the Darke County Dog Warden was informed, despite being the owner of the dog, they did not feel safe having the dog at their residence, as it was obvious the dog was vicious. Officers of the Union City Ohio Police Department some spoke with the Darke County Dog Warden, it was conveyed that, despite the severity of the incident, he would not respond to the scene due to the owner of the dog being known. The suggestion was made that, if needed, the dog’s owner should transport the animal to the animal shelter on Monday morning.
Tragically, later in the day, an additional complaint was received regarding a deceased dog in the backyard of 704 Lynnwood Court. Subsequent investigation unveiled that the dog had been shot and killed. The identity of the individual responsible for this act remains unknown. The condition of the female victim is also presently unknown.
Mark Ater, Director of Public Safety, expressed concern over the misalignment between county dog warden policies and the community’s needs. He has announced his intention to engage with the legislative body of the Village of Union City Ohio to explore solutions for animal control within the community.
This case is under active investigation, and updates will be provided as they become available.