Ocean City Today

Pit bull attacks OP woman after escaping onto street

Victim taken to hospital for treatment, dog taken by county to be put down
Apr 13, 2017

(April 14, 2017) A 52-year-old woman is recovering after allegedly being attacked by a dog along Beaconhill Road in Ocean Pines.

Police said the incident occurred on Wednesday, April 5 at around 11:32 a.m. An Ocean Pines police officer was dispatched to Beaconhill Road for the reported dog bite.

Upon arrival, the officer found Mary Christine Ernst, 52, of Ocean Pines, sitting on her front steps with a towel around her left leg. The officer checked her injuries and saw two long, deep lacerations in her left calf, as well as a puncture to her right upper arm and scraped knees.

According to a witness, Ernst and her dog, an American cocker spaniel, were leaving the witness’s home when he heard her screaming outside. William Jerry Jones, 82, of Ocean Pines, said he ran outside and saw his neighbor's pit bull terrier biting Ernst.

Police said two pit bulls had gotten out of a fenced-in gate. Jones said he managed to get a pit bull known as “Manny” off Ernst by kicking it. Manny then ran into Jones’ attached garage and attacked his 7-year-old male rat terrier/Chihuahua mix. Armed with a shovel, Jones chased the two pit bulls back onto their deck and secured the gate.

Ernst was taken by Ocean Pines EMS to Atlantic General Hospital.

Manny was turned over to Worcester County Animal Control to be euthanized.

Ocean Pines Police contacted the dog owners, Robert Leo Riden Jr., 47, and his wife, Geri Riden, 46, both of Ocean Pines. Robert Riden told police he pulled the sunroom door shut, but may not have shut it all the way. He was cited for a leash-law violation and was given two $100 uniform civil citations.

Pictures of the injuries to the Ocean Pines woman were too graphic to release, police said.


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