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SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 1: Akuti, a 1-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, goes for a walk with volunteer Joanne White at the Sacramento SPCA February 1, 2008 in Sacramento, California. Akuti is one of many dogs and cats who were either abandoned or surrendered to many SPCA and county shelters nationwide by their owners because they have gone through home foreclosures and had to move. In December 2007 the amount of pets being dropped off whose owners listed moving as a reason more than doubled from that of a year ago, according the Sacramento SPCA records. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A family in northern Ohio says a man trying to break into their home left behind a trail of blood after meeting their dog at the front door.

The family in Port Clinton says they were home when their 11-year-old pit bull named Mamma heard something at the door and began growling.

Tony Byrd Jr. tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo he heard screaming coming from the front of the house Sunday night and came out to see the would-be burglar shutting the door and running to a car.

Byrd says he then saw a blood trail in the snow.

He says their dog normally is playful and that she must have sensed something about the man.

Police are asking hospitals to watch for anyone seeking treatment for dog bites.