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Man fined after dog attack, dog to be destroyed

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A woman who survived a violent dog attack says pit bulls should be banned in Cincinnati.

Only Local 12 was in the courtroom when Beulah Sheafe showed the judge her injuries.  Sheafe was walking to the store from her home on Sunnybrook Drive last December when the two pit bull-mixes attacked her.  The dogs ripped off part of her scalp and took a quarter of a pound of flesh from her leg.

Sheafe said, "Their eyes were like flashlights coming at me. I had a purse in my hand and started doing this but they were stronger than me and they grabbed the purse from my hand and they jump on me and I fell on my stomach."

One of the dogs was put down at the scene.  The other one is at the SPCA and the judge gave the order Wednesday that it be destroyed. 

Their owner, Sylvester Forte, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to confine his dog.  He received a 100-dollar fine.  Forte is also forbidden from having any more pit bulls on his property.
It was the toughest sentence he could receive under the law.

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