By David Roepke, The Forum
A West Fargo man is accused of punching a puppy pit bull twice in the face and registering a blood-alcohol level triple the legal limit for driving upon his arrest.
A misdemeanor charge of overworking, mistreating or abandoning an animal was filed Thursday against Jessy Duane Olson, 29, in Cass County District Court.
The charge stems from a call West Fargo police received on July 5 shortly before 7 p.m. about a puppy pit bull reported to be growling and aggressive toward people as it ran without a leash.
A West Fargo officer said in a police report included with court records that he saw Olson on the porch at 309 12th St. E. with a tan pit bull that appeared to be the age of a puppy.
As the officer approached the porch, he said he saw Olson holding the dog in a headlock as he raised his hand and hit it twice in the face with a closed fist.
“At that point, the puppy cowered and appeared to be quite startled from being assaulted,” Officer Trent Stanton wrote. A child 5 or 6 years old watched as Olson allegedly hit the dog, Stanton said in the report.
Olson was immediately cuffed and interviewed in a squad car, and he denied punching his puppy, the police report stated.
But he did say the dog, named Cracker, had run off several times in recent days and that was why he was disciplining it.
When told he was seen punching Cracker, Olson said the dog didn’t need to be hit but did need to be punished, police said.
Olson was arrested on suspicion of animal neglect and transported to the Cass County Jail, where a jailer administered a test that put Olson’s BAC at .25. A BAC of .08 is the standard for drunken driving.
Cracker was seized by police and taken to the West Fargo Animal Hospital, the report stated.
Update November 29, 2010 4:56pm - The following article is from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead:
West Fargo man gets two days for punching pit bill puppy
A West Fargo man who was accused of punching a pit bull puppy in July was given two days in jail after pleading guilty on Monday.
Olson pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in Cass County District Court and was sentenced to two days in jail, said Tristan Van de Streek, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney.
According to a police report filed with the charges, Olson told an officer he was disciplining the dog named Cracker because it had run off several times recently.
A sobriety test registered Olson as having a blood alcohol level of 0.25 after he was arrested, more than three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle, according to a police report.