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8 thoughts on “Judge Acquits Father, Blames Animal Control in Death of Zachary King Jr.

  1. He had the dog chained in the basement and someone needed to tell him the dog was dangerous. That beats it all. He wouldn’t have wanted the dog if it wasn’t dangerous.
    Should have given him a 3″ pocket knife and thrown him in a pit of alligators.

  2. what a joke. i feel very sorry for the young boy but not the father. i wouldn’t be surprised if king is laying the groundwork for a lawsuit against the minneapolis animal control for failing to protect them.
    ka-ching

  3. The perp’s lawyer had the good foresight to choose a trial by Judge instead of a trial by jury.

    The law is an ass!

    The judge has a small point by pointing out another animal control breakdown…Not mentioned was the fact that the perp was actually breeding this manbiter.

  4. Talk about a mess! Perhaps the prosecution team will have a follow up and issue some clarification. Hard to know through news reports exactly what happened in that court room. What’s clear is that the judge didn’t buy the prosecution’s argument at all.

  5. It must be terribly hard to convict (at least for a jury) after a family dog kills a child. I wonder what is happening in the Holden Jernigan case — the grandmother is being charged with child endangerment I believe. It doesn’t look like there has been any recent news.

  6. The mother of the other Dorchester County toddler killed by a pit bull in 2007 was convicted of reckless endangerment of a child.

    Out of 35 deaths in 2007, only two dog owners have been successfully convicted. Unsat!!

  7. A lawyer talks about the case
    Those are haunting questions indeed. None of the medical professionals who treated the pit bull bites thought to tell the family to destroy the dog. The insurance company that paid out a bite claim also made no such recommendation and did not raise rates to such an extent to get the family’s attention. The city of Minneapolis never followed up and went through the process of having the dog declared dangerous.

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