GARDEN CITY, Kan (KSNW) – It was earlier this month when we first introduced you to a Garden City teen, who was injured when a neighborhood pit bull attacked him in late August.
“I don’t really know what fully happened,” said Daniel Alegria, the fifteen-year-old. “All I know was I could feel its teeth in my head and I had to shove my hand into its mouth to pry it off.”
We first spoke with Daniel earlier this month, just days after he says he was attacked by his neighbor’s dog.
Back then, his mother was frustrated. That police hadn’t issued any citations. She was told it was partially due to conflicting stories about whether the teen provoked the pit bull.
Now, nearly two weeks after the attack, police say they are issuing a citation.
“The officers were able to obtain some more witnesses,” said Andrew Roush, a sergeant with the Garden City Police Department, “and through those witnesses, they’ve done further investigations, and the owner was cited for dog at large and animal bite.”
The two citations could result in up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for the owner.
It could also help with Daniel’s medical expenses.
“As far as our court’s punishment,” said Garden City Prosecutor James Dummermuth, “what the most important thing is that the victim is made whole. If there are damages from medical bills, stuff like that, then we make those be paid through our case.”
Animal Control can also set certain requirements before the dog is returned to its owner, like mandating that the hole in the fence is repaired or saying the dog needs to be muzzled and leashed when outdoors.
The hole in the fence is still not fixed, and the owner might not have much time to get it done. The city tries to complete animal-related cases within a few weeks to quickly return the animal to its owner, and the owner’s first court appearance is Wednesday morning.
When we first reported this story, we called the police department to find out about the investigation and learn about the city’s animal laws.
The police said they weren’t available to talk, but the Finney County Humane Society’s website had the dangerous dog ordinance posted online.
We’re now told that ordinance, which said pit bulls need to be leashed and muzzled when they’re outside, was changed two years ago.
Since our story aired, the Humane Society has removed the ordinance from its website.