Four hurt in dog attack

Four people were hurt Monday night in a bullmastiff dog attack during a birthday party at a Palmer Township home that ended with the animal being shot and killed.

Three of the four injured people were taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not known at press time.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the incident occurred after 9 p.m. at 7120 State Route 676, the residence of Toby J. Miller, age not available.

Barbara Miller, 66, who lives next door, tripped over the large dog during the party, Mincks said.

“The dog began attacking the family,” Mincks said.

Taken to the hospital were:

Trica Miller, 27, of 7120, State Route 676, (bites on her right arm) who was celebrating her birthday Monday;

Barbara Miller, bites to the head and right arm.;

Lillie Miller, 38, of 1382 State Route 550, bites to the right leg.

Catherine Miller, 15, of 1382 State Route 550, was bitten, but not treated, Mincks said.

The women were able to escape from the dog by fleeing to a nearby car.

Meanwhile, Andrew Miller, 19, of 1382 State Route 550, grabbed at .22-gauge shotgun and fired 25 rounds at the dog, which was headed in his direction.

Miller emptied the shotgun then fled into a house where he grabbed a 30-06 gun and killed the dog with one shot.

Additional details were not available at press time.