Justin Lingle's pit bulls, Shorty and Cato, in dog fight battle.
Dog Owner Cited (Again)
UPDATE 04/18/09: The Billings Gazette article has been updated. As the result of the second attack, Justin Lingle faces two more charges of dangerous behavior, in addition to a new round of medical bills for the victim Wesley Fuchs. Lingle was cited in the previous incident, but the case has not yet gone to court. In that case, Lingle was allowed to keep the dog until a judge ruled. On Friday, Lingle released both pit bulls to animal control to be euthanized.
It's unclear who (or what agency) allowed Lingle to keep the dogs until the court date, given that the victim lived in the basement of the dog owner's home and shared the same yard. It's possible that it was animal control manager Fred McCracken, who told the Gazette, "It's not fair to pick on pit bulls." Whoever made the decision, did so to benefit the dog owner -- who already proved irresponsible once -- and did not consider the ramifications for the victim.
After being taken to St. Vincent Healthcare, Fuchs was listed in fair condition.
04/17/09: Vivid Photographs Shot After Attack
Billing, MT - The Billings Gazette reports that two pit bulls (pictured) attacked Wesley Fuchs, 35, injuring his left arm as he exited his basement apartment. His stepdaughter, Samantha Beatty, 21, said the same dogs attacked him a few months ago and "broke his right arm." The dogs belong to Justin Lingle, 24, who lives on the main floor of the home. In this instance, the dogs jumped out of an open window to attack Fuchs; Lingle was not home at the time.
The photographs and video (Dog Standoff) depict the dogs fighting each other after they attacked Fuchs. Authorities shot a net over one of the pit bulls, but it came off. Eventually, the dogs were captured by authorities and impounded. Fuchs is seen coming out of the basement with a white towel pressed over his left forearm. A large pink scar was evident on his right forearm. He was placed in an ambulance and taken to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment.
We expect that more articles will follow. There are a multitude of issues at stake here including: the events that followed the first attack (Citations? Dangerous Dog hearing?) and the horror it must have been for the victim to live on the same property as the dogs after the first attack.
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