Waco, Texas Dog Owner Indicted Under New Law
Waco, TX - A 22-year-old man became the first McLennan County resident indicted under “Lillian’s Law” for a Nov. 26 incident in which his dogs reportedly attacked a 12-year-old Waco boy. Harris County (Houston) indicted the first owner in all of Texas.
Ancelmo Banda, of Waco, was indicted by a McLennan County grand jury on third-degree felony attack by dog charges. According to police records, Banda’s two pit bulls escaped their fencing through an improperly secured gate and made an “unprovoked attack” on Deodrick Ware, who was walking by.
The boy suffered deep bite wounds to the side and back of his leg. The boy, who lives two blocks from Banda, said that he was walking to school when the dogs escaped. One knocked him down and the other bit him. “I thought they were going to bite my leg off,” he said.
Under the law, named for 76-year-old Lillian Stiles, a Thorndale woman mauled and killed by a pack of pit bull-Rottweiler mixed-breed dogs in 2005, a dog owner can be prosecuted for a third-degree felony if his dog causes injury or death and it is found that the dog was improperly secured.