Dog involved in Sunday attack could be linked to other attack, according to Wheeling PD


Wheeling Police say they are exploring the possibility that a dog involved in a fatal attack in East Wheeling Sunday night could have been involved in a separate attack a few weeks ago.

Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger says he does not think the colors of the dog in that attack match the one that was placed into quarantine.

He also says that attack is not tied to the home where Sunday’s attack was reported.

On Sunday night, Wheeling police were called out to a home on 14th Street regarding a pit bull attack where two people, David Wallace, 63, and Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62, both of Wheeling, died. While one of the victims was attacked by the dog on scene, the cause of death for Wallace and Higgenbotham will not be determined until the autopsy results are in.

Neighbors said one of the men had a heat problem and that it seemed the dog was protecting her owner from the person trying to resuscitate him.

Related Story: Name of Victims in Dog Attack Released

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