88-year-old Ohio man beats pit bull off girl with Christmas decoration
By Samantha Ickes
The Columbus Dispatch
MASSILLON, Ohio — Leonard Miller was in his kitchen when he heard a frantic knocking at the door and the sound of a little girl screaming for help.
The 13-year-old girl told her neighbor their dog was attacking her younger sister and would not let her go. Miller didn’t think. He reacted. He didn’t want to be without a weapon, so he snatched up a 2- to 3-foot Christmas nutcracker pole that was part of Christmas decor outside of his neighbor’s home.
“This dog had this little girl down just growling,” Miller said. “He had her arm and was shaking her like he would shake an animal or something. I hit the dog in the head three or four times, and it wouldn’t let loose.”
After hitting the dog a few more times, it finally let loose its grasp, Miller said. The two girls ran out of the home, and Miller backed away from the dog, locking it in the house.
“That dog was vicious,” Miller said Monday morning.