Pit Bull Owner May Face Stiff Penalties
Las Vegas, NV - In a developing case, two dogs, a pit bull-mix and a boxer, attacked two five-year old boys. One child was bitten in the face and received 156 stitches. The other boy was bitten on the leg and the degree of injury is unknown. The owner of the dog, Carlos Santiago, does not know how the dogs got out.
"They just escaped or something. When I came here, I just saw my dog getting dragged by the policeman."
He says Sassy, the pit bull-mix, would never harm anyone. But he said the boxer may come from a violent background. "It belonged to somebody," he said. "When we got him, my brother was all happy, and then he saw bruises and everything on him. I think his last owner fought him."
All dog breeds are abused. Only one dog breed is used for fighting in the US: pit bulls.
Sgt. David March with animal control says both dogs were running loose and neither had rabies vaccines or tags. Both dogs have been declared "vicious." Violations by Santiago could mean 12 years in prison and thousands in fines. Santiago calls this exaggerated.
Rather, it is a situation of "bad odds" for Santiago.