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Pit bull stabbed by man in drunken fight, police say

Experts say pit bulls make great pets, so why do they have such a bad rap?

Experts say pit bulls make great pets but they're not allowed in the military family housing on Scott Air Force Base as well as other apartment complexes across the metro-east.
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Experts say pit bulls make great pets but they're not allowed in the military family housing on Scott Air Force Base as well as other apartment complexes across the metro-east.

JoeJoe is going to be OK, his owner says, after the pit bull was stabbed by a drunken man on Saturday night in Kinmundy.

Duane Hall said the 2-year-old, 97-pound pit bull and the family’s other pit bull, Butch, are recovering well from their wounds but he’s grateful for neighbors and their quick help after the knife attack.

Clifford Stroup, 35, of Salem, is charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. On Wednesday, Kinmundy Police Chief Cory Parker said he remained at Marion County jail on a $10,000 bail.

Hall said he and some neighbors were drinking beer in his garage for a few hours Saturday evening. It was the first time Stroup had been at the Hall home, Hall said. Late in the evening, the mood suddenly soured.

The suspect “got bowed up and told me there wasn’t nobody in my garage could beat him up ... I told him to go,” Hall said.

Stroup did leave, Hall said, but apparently returned with a throwing knife. Police were later told the suspect was going to target Hall.

The suspect never made it back to the garage.

“Next thing I know, JoeJoe’s coming in the house bleeding; then the other dog went out the door,” Hall said.

Blood was all over the place, Hall said. JoeJoe bled “all over my garage, the floor, and table and chairs.” Hall said he held the dog as they tried to staunch JoeJoe’s bleeding.

Butch had a light wound to his shoulder.

Hall said he didn’t have the money to take JoeJoe to the vet, but a neighbor ran to an ATM, gave him $300 and told Hall “to get gone.”

His pit bulls are gentle and the neighborhood children and his grandchildren come up to the dogs all the time, Hall said.

“I don’t raise my dogs to be mean and fight ... now we didn’t say anything about that wiener dog (who was not involved). Now, she will bite.”

Parker confirmed no humans were injured in the altercation.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535; @MaryCooleyBND
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