Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Towson, MD - The owner of a pit bull that mauled two boys last April accepted a plea agreement Tuesday to keep from going to prison. Thomas C. O'Halloran, 28-years old, was charged with reckless endangerment in the maulings of Dominic Solesky and Scotty Mason. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation. A court proceeding could have ended with O'Halloran getting a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Last May, O'Halloran's pit bull escaped its outdoor pen and attacked Scotty Mason. O'Halloran then returned to the dog to its pen. Minutes later, the dog leapt out again and attacked Dominic Solesky, 10-years old. Dominic was severely mauled; the dog severed his femoral artery nearly causing him to bleed to death. O'Halloran hauled his pit bull away and did not return to help the young boy. Dominic spent more than five hours in surgery and 17 days in the hospital.
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| 2/14/2008 11:48 AM |
According to court documents, O'Halloran brought Scotty inside his home to clean the blood off his face and told the boy, "Don't tell anyone about this. If you do, I will come after you."
This dude needs to do some hard time...Any moment Pit Activists will take to the streets and demand "Punish the Deed".
| 2/14/2008 2:44 PM |
"Dominic's family said they have major hospital bills from the incident and are considering filing a civil lawsuit."
i would have hired an attorney within 48 hours of the attack. the only thing to consider is how much should i sue for.
and the only reason for these families should have agreed to probation would be for wage garnishment. this guy should have gone to jail.
| 2/15/2008 11:40 AM |
Right, and in the meanwhile, the victim often pays. Just because one has health insurance coverage doesn't necessarily mean it covers dog bites.
For instance, if you get in a car wreck, your auto insurance pays health coverage, not your primary health care. How did my health insurance put it to me?
"We cover you if you fall ill, not if you are attacked by a dog. That's somebody else's problem."