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Update: Owner charged in alleged pit bull attack

Pit bulls and German shepherds are excluded from coverage under many homeowner insurance policies because of their propensity to bite. Gulfport police released a list of reported dog bits from May 2016 to May 2018, intending to emphasize the danger of dogs allowed to run at large.
Pit bulls and German shepherds are excluded from coverage under many homeowner insurance policies because of their propensity to bite. Gulfport police released a list of reported dog bits from May 2016 to May 2018, intending to emphasize the danger of dogs allowed to run at large. The Wausau Daily Herald File

Wade Sistrunk of the 10500 block of Paige Bayou Road has been charged with three misdemeanor leash-law violations after his pit bulls attacked a runner at 6 a.m. Monday, said Marcia Hill, spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Hill said Sistrunk also was charged under an outstanding warrant in Biloxi with misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release that the runner reported the dogs ran out of a yard on Paige Bayou Road and attacked him.

The news release said a neighbor came outside and called 911. The dogs stopped their attack when they saw the neighbor, Ezell said.

Animal control officers caught the dogs and took them to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. The runner was treated at Ocean Springs hospital and released, Hill said.

Shelter Director Joe Barlow said the dogs have been quarantined under a 10-day bite hold. If the dogs are determined to be vicious, Sistrunk must comply with several requirements in order to keep them. If he doesn’t, the animals can be seized.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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