Councilman attacked by pit bull wants dog warden

LORAIN, Ohio - A city councilman in Lorain who was attacked by a pit bull is leading the effort to hire a dog warden, a position the northeast Ohio city recently eliminated.

The dog attacked City Councilman David Escobar on Monday as he read meters for FirstEnergy Corp. Escobar says the dog charged, grabbed his arm and dragged him to the ground. He says that he used pepper spray on the dog as it tried to chew his arm.

Lorain eliminated the dog warden's job in December to save $58,000 this year. The Lorain County dog warden is now responsible for the city.

Lorain Safety-Service Director Craig Miller says that he has no plans to hire a new dog warden.

Police haven't been able to find the dog that attacked the councilman.

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