Sentenced to Probation
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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