Thursday, May 29, 2008
Breckenridge, TX - Jack Smith, 45, and Crystal Watson, 27, have been arrested in connection with the death of Tanner Joshua Monk. Both have been charged with a dog attack resulting in death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 - AKA Lillian's Law.
On May 18th, Tanner Monk, 7, was found dead about 100 yards west of his family's house and about 50 to 70 yards west of the home where the pit bulls were kept. This information is vital -- the strict penalties of Lillian's Law only apply if the attack occurred off owner property, as it did in this case.
The owners of the dogs -- Jack Smith and Crystal Watson -- had at least 4 pit bulls in their care, but only two were apparently involved in the attack. Animal Services confiscated all dogs from their property after the fatal attack. Yesterday, a grand jury met to consider the case and returned sealed indictments. Bail for each person was set at $250,000 each and both remain in custody.
05/26/08: 2008 Fatality: Video Tribute to Tanner Joshua Monk
05/19/08: 2008 Fatality: Boy Killed by Pit Bulls in Breckenridge, Texas
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| 5/29/2008 3:46 AM |
True.... but a collective "Gulp" was just heard from Texas pit Bull owners.
Hopefully, the rightful incarceration of these two social deviants will serve as a deterrent to others.
| 5/29/2008 3:59 AM |
That female pit-perp looks alot older than 27!
Must be the daily stress of baby stepping through each day owning four pit bulls...
Baby step through breakfast without having one of the kid's faces ripped off...
Baby step through taking them on a walk without killing the neighbors dog...
Baby step through going to the store and returning home without CNN helicopters flying over the house...
Baby stepping through watching the news each night, bombarded by unfairly stigmatizing Pit Bull attack stories...
Baby stepping through routine mail delivery...
| 5/29/2008 8:58 AM |
I'm not sure the detterent thing works for pit bull owners. Look at all the attacks and bannings and yet they still don't believe the dogs are dangerous. They think it won't happen to them. That's why prevention is so important.
| 5/29/2008 10:14 AM |
I would rather have been reading about legislation that bans pit bulls and prevents future attacks as well. At the same time, I have to appreciate that, for once, an accountability standard is being applied.
Hopefully the arrests and trials will result in maximum penalties, and I see no reason the prison population shouldn't consider them 'Child Killers.'
| 10/13/2008 11:09 AM |
I am just wondering how the defense attorneys, Mr. Young and Mr. Parker would feel if it were their grandchild who was mauled beyond recognition. One statement I heard made by Mr. Young was that the defendents were convicted and sent to prison due to not having a good fence. Mr. Young's job is to defend his client but I wonder how he is sleeping these days in light of that comment. Chickens have a way of coming home to roost. I have worked for veterinarians who would not allow the pit breed in the clinic due to their inbred nature to attack. The dog is dangerous by nature. It is true that any dog can attack but few are bred and trained to kill. How can a dog be defended when a human's life is taken for sport.