POWHATAN POINT -A 13-year-old boy reportedly was bitten recently by a pit bull, however, the dog's owner disputes the claim.
According to a police report, the boy said he was walking on Hopple Street when the dog came up and bit him.
The child was transported to Belmont Community Hospital by the Powhatan Point EMS. The extent of his injuries was not made available.
The pit bull's owner said she was unaware that her dog was loose at the time. She believes that her dog did not bite the child and claims that there is a witness to support this.
The incident was handled by the Belmont County Sheriff's Office and the owner of the dog was advised that she would be cited for her dog running at large.
It is a misdemeanor citation that will be forwarded to Eastern Division Court.
The deputy handling the case contacted the animal shelter as well.
"Every dog has to be judged based on the case and the severity of the incident," said Powhatan Police Chief Joshua Haught. "Not every dog of a particular breed is considered vicious."
In another case, police officers were forced to shoot and kill a pit bull that attacked a Martins Ferry woman on Saturday. The pit bull had gone after the woman's dog which escaped harm by hiding under a porch. When the woman went to her dog, the pit bull bit the woman's leg. She was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.