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D.C. man won’t face gun charges for shooting pit bull attacking boy
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A D.C. man whose three pit bulls escaped his Brightwood home and mauled a neighborhood child until a good Samaritan fired at the dogs was sentenced to eight days in jail and three years’ probation.
“People know the nature of the dogs they have,” Judge Ringell said. “If it was isolated, it would be a little bit easier to understand.”
In January, 12-year-old Jayeon Simon was mauled by the three pit bulls as he rode his bike through his Northwest D.C. neighborhood. Neighbor Benjamin Srigley saw the attack and, alongside a D.C. police officer, used his Ruger 9 mm pistol to kill one of the dogs in an effort to save the boy. The officer killed the other two dogs.
Mr. Srigley subsequently faced charges for possessing an unregistered firearm, but prosecutors agreed not to go forward with the case as long as he paid a $1,000 fine and stayed out of trouble. The charges were dropped in July.
At the Monday sentencing in D.C. Superior Court, Ms. Keil said neighbors had previously complained that Mr. Paige’s dogs ran freely through the neighborhood. An animal control officer met with Mr. Paige to check on the care and welfare of the dogs after one of them was mauled so badly by another that it had to be euthanized, Ms. Keil said.
“Mr. Paige was on notice about the dangerous nature of his dogs,” she said.
In court, Mr. Paige said he installed a fence to keep the dogs on his property and he contested accusations that his dogs had been a threat, referring to them as “friendly.”
“They got out. He doesn’t know how they got out,” said his attorney, Jennifer Conner.
Mr. Paige said the dog that mauled his other dog was handed over to animal control and was not one the three dogs that got loose and attacked the boy.
He also said he hadn’t meant to have so many dogs. He said after one got pregnant he found homes for three of the puppies but was left with three others.
“This was a very unfortunate situation,” he said of the attack.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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