Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Judge orders owner of pit bulls in January attack to relinquish ownership of dogs

By Keith L. Alexander, from Washington Post

Washington, D.C.

A D.C. Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the owner of the three pit bulls that authorities said attacked an 11-year-old in January to remove all other dogs from his home.

Prosecutors with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General have charged Andrew E. Paige of Northwest Washington with three counts of having a dog off a leash and three counts of keeping a dangerous dog in the Jan. 20 incident in the Brightwood neighborhood.

The three dogs that attacked the boy were shot and killed by a neighbor and a police officer during the incident.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Paige’s attorney argued that his client only had one remaining dog. But prosecutors argued that Paige still had two pit bulls at his home. Paige was ordered to find other homes for any dogs he owned.

Paige faces more than $30,000 in fines and 30 days in jail if convicted of the charges.

He was scheduled to appear in court last week but failed to do so, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Paige was arrested and subsequently released after posting a $200 bond. His next hearing is set for July 23.

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