Animal Services Releases Pit Bull
UPDATE 11/25/08: It's been two weeks since 8-year old Tyler Owens was attacked by his neighbor's unleashed pit bull. St. Clair County Animal Services held the dog in quarantine for 10 days and released the dog back to its owner, Jesse Sellers. Prior to attacking Owens, the dog did not have a history of aggression. So authorities returned the animal -- who now does have a documented history of aggression -- to its owner so that the animal can attack again.
Sellers, has been given a court date of Dec. 31. Sellers was cited for failing to contain a dangerous dog with a leash. We believe this violation is a $50 fine.
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Carondelet, IL - Charges were filed Wednesday against a St. Clair County man after officers said his pit bull attacked a child. The attack happened Tuesday, but the dog was not picked up by animal control until Wednesday. The sheriff's deputy said that due to the holiday, they couldn't send out an animal control officer who would be on overtime. 42-year old Jesse Sellers was later charged with failure to contain a dangerous dog with a leash.
8-year old Tyler Owens had been playing outside at his grandmother's house. Nearby, Sellers had taken his pit bull outside without a leash. When Sellers stepped back into his house briefly to check on another dog, the pit bull spotted Tyler in the neighbor's yard and attacked the child. The boy's uncle, Leonard Norman, said he heard his nephew scream and ran outside to help, taking a baseball bat with him to fend off the attacking dog.
Owens was rushed to the hospital and released several hours later. He suffered puncture wounds to his face, head and back.
Assuming this was the first or second offense for the dog owner, the St. Clair County ordinance, section 3-4-9 (Necessity of Leash for Dangerous Dog or Other Animal), states that a person who fails to contain a dangerous dog with a leash "shall be fined not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00). Third and subsequent offenses shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00)"
A pit bull can seriously injury 2 people in St. Clair County and only cost the dog owner $100 in fees. For another $200-500, the animal can attack a 3rd victim as well.
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