Felony Charges for Linebacker Steve Foley
UPDATE 06/05/08: Former linebacker Steve Foley faces a felony charge (Lillian's Law) after his pit bulls attacked a woman and killed her puppy. An indictment accuses Foley of failing to secure the dogs. The pit bulls attacked Twana Schulz in March, causing serious bodily injury when they bit her on the arms and face. Foley faces punishment of two to 10 years in prison if convicted.
04/09/08: Pit Bull Attack May Carry Felony Punishment
Fort Bend County, TX - Steve Foley, a former Houston Texans football player whose dog attacked a neighbor might face criminal charges. The Sheriff's department concluded its investigation into an incident that took place March 26, when two pit bulls attacked a woman in her front yard, bit her several times and killed her 9-month-old poodle.
The District Attorney's Office is currently reviewing the charges and will decide whether to take the case before a grand jury. District Attorney John Healey said a dangerous dogs law (Lillian's law) that was updated in 2007 calls for a third-degree felony charge for the owner of a dog that becomes unsecured and causes an unprovoked attack resulting in serious bodily injury.
Meanwhile, a hearing has been scheduled to decide the fate of the two dogs. They are described in a court document as brown and white male and female pit bulls, and they were seized by county authorities when Foley failed to produce shot records for the dogs upon questioning about the attack.
Filed documents also revealed that Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik of the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office examined the wounds suffered by victim Trisha Weaver, and determined they meet the legal criteria for serious bodily injury.
03/27/08: Former Texans Player's Pit Bulls Attack Neighbor, Kill Pet