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20 thoughts on “Spotsylvania Victim Lies to Authorities About Dog Breed After Son's Pit Bull Attacks

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  1. I hope this Michael Baggett of Fredericksburg, who would be about 31 years old today, is not the owner of this pit bull….

    1997, Washington Post – "Two Spotsylvania, Va., teenagers accused of killing a motorist at a rest stop on Interstate 95 in Prince William County will not face the death penalty after charges against them were downgraded yesterday. At a Circuit Court hearing, the capital murder charges against Michael T. Baggett Jr. and Khalif A. Rodriguez, both 19, were amended to murder…"

    There is more, including a Sandy (Sandra) Rapier.

  2. How would you like to be a neighboring Rott owner and have A/C show up at your door due to this Nutterness?!

    Spotsyvania county just had a young boy lifeflighted a couple of moths ago. Obviously, not bringing discredit to the breed was more important than public safety to these nutters.

  3. Was it Spotsylvania? There was the terrible attack in Culpeper County — which is adjacent to Spotsylvania — that required TWO life flight helicopters:

    Pit Bull Attack Claims Two Victims, Requires Two LifeFlight Helicopters

  4. Filing a false police report, especially one that results in wasted efforts by police, demands jail time – jail time AND A BAN to put an end to this insanity.

  5. It's so nice that the dog lobby was able to prevent BSL a few years ago when Dorothy Sullivan was killed… making sure they could sell pit bulls to convicted murderers.

  6. Oh my, listen to what the mother says from her hospital bed, "If this is your dog, please, please have the guts to come forward so that I don't have to go through rabies shots. I think I've already gone through enough 'cause of your dog."

    She'll need a wheel chair, then a walker for several weeks. I guess a mother will sacrifice just about anything, even to protect a murdering son.

  7. If only she would have said her dog was attacked by a pit bull, the authorities wouldn't have thought twice about it and dropped it.

  8. Law enforcement across this country understand that pit bull ownership and criminal conduct are synonymous. For those pit bull fans out there reading this, synonymous means the "same thing". Where there are pit bulls, there are drugs, guns and thugs.

  9. Why are we letting "pit bull advocates" like Baggett strongarm us into no rules for pit bull owners?

  10. They are not exactly strong arming us (the public). They are strong arming policy makers such as city councils, the good old "animal control advisory boards," state legislators and others. The State of Virginia passed an anti-BSL measure that greatly benefits Baggett (and criminals like him), pit bull breeders and dogfighters. The public on the other hand, suffers terribly under the measure.

  11. Reading the comment thread on the latest update is like watching a Springer episode, and pit nutters wonder why people have such low opinions of them.

  12. A winner of an update!

    11/14/09 — "A mother and son whose lie about an Aug. 2 dog attack stirred fear and had authorities looking for a dog that didn't exist entered guilty pleas yesterday. Michael Taylor Baggett, 32, and Sandra Manes, 60, both pleaded guilty in Spotsylvania General District Court to filing a false police report. They blamed each other for the lie. Baggett, who was also convicted of three other charges, got a 12-month jail sentence with six months suspended. Manes got a suspended sentence. Baggett immediately appealed his sentence, which is allowable even on guilty pleas in General District Court. He remained free on bond pending a trial in circuit court. According to prosecutor Tom Shaia, Baggett's pit bull and Manes' pet Labrador got into a fight early Aug. 2 in the backyard of their residence at 1222 Dewberry Drive. Manes tried to break up the fight and suffered a broken leg, a broken finger and wounds that required 27 staples…"

    "…Manes said Baggett told her what to tell authorities. "The whole story was dictated to me to me by my son," she said. "I was trying to protect [the pit bull] and my son from getting into trouble. I lied and I'm sorry." Both Shaia and Judge Michael Levy criticized Baggett for trying to blame his mother. Levy said it was clear that Baggett was behind the original lie. Baggett and Manes were also ordered to make $2,625 in restitution to the county for the time spent investigating their phony claim. Baggett was also ordered to have no contact with his mother while the case is on appeal. Shaia expressed concern that he might harm her for contradicting his claims yesterday."

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