A North Iowa woman plans to plead guilty tomorrow to a single charge in a dog attack.
She signed the pitbull over to Mason City to be destroyed, after police say it attacked two men late last month.
If what Paige Burgess told police last year is true, the ten year old pitbull Savo had bitten someone before she owned the dog.
When Savo the pitbull attacked John Hanson as he walked up to this Mason City home last month, Hanson did the best he could to get away.
John Hanson says, “I knew there was nothing I could do he just started to run at me.
Savo latched onto Hanson's arm and tore into his wrist and legs.
A friend distracted the pitbull, but not before he did around 200 stitches worth of damage.
Captain Mike McKelvey sayd, “its not the first time.”
Turns out that is very true.
In mid-August of 2009, Savo's owner Paige Burgess lived here on North Madison Avenue in Mason City.
Police records suggest that during a gathering hosted by Burgess, Savo grabbed a hold of a man's right arm and then bit him in the left knee.
Burgess received three citations and her vicious dog case went to court.
But it was dismissed.
The Mason City, city attorney says his star witness did not show up.
That was a Mason City police officer.
"It's an misfortunate situation," if that is in fact the case, says Mason City Police Chief Mike Lashbrook.
"Its part of our job to appear in court, there are times when that doesn't happen. It's not a good reflection on the department."
Even if burgess's case had gone to trial last October instead of being dismissed, there is no guarantee on one point.
There is no guarantee she would have been found guilty of harboring a vicious dog.
But if the verdict had been guilty, the dog would have had to have been destroyed last fall.
Which would have prevented Savo from attacking anyone else, including Hanson and his friend.
Hanson says, “I was scared to death I was absolutely scared to death I just saw the blood and saw the one wouldn't on my write and I didn't know if I was going to bleed out or what.
We were unable to reach Paige burgess, Savo's owner, for this story.
But she insisted last month that there is more to the story on how the dogs were able to get out of her apartment.
Under a deal with Mason City's city attorney, the city will drop all of the seven citations police charged her with except one tomorrow.