- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A three-member panel has determined that a pit bull that killed another dog is vicious and must be better controlled.

Warwick police say the panel determined that Booker, a 1-year-old blue nose pit bull, must be muzzled and leashed.

The dog’s owner, David Rothermel, of Warwick, also must obtain a minimum of $100,000 insurance and tattoo or microchip Booker, and notify police if he gets loose.

Police say a papillon named Stewie was being walked on his leash Jan. 3 when Booker attacked. The pit bull was not leashed.

The panel consisted of a representative from the Warwick Police Department, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and a third member chosen by the police and the SPCA.



Rothermel has 30 days to comply.

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