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Dog that attacked man's genitals could go home

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Posted: Nov 3, 2010 5:44 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 3, 2010 5:44 PM
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Topics: dog, attack, genitals, released, owner, Denham Springs, Eastover Estates, victim

DENHAM SPRINGS - A dog that attacked a man's genitals could go home, according to a written agreement between prosecutors and the dog's owner.

Before the dog, known as “Big Boy,” can go home, laws state the owner must register him, keep him indoors or properly fenced, post warning signs and notify officials if he is moved to a different home. Terri Dunlap, President of the Livingston SPCA, said those requirements are not enough.

"I'm going to try to prevent releasing the dog to [the owner] until I can make sure any other animals that she has in her care, whether it be in her house or outside, are taken care of," said Dunlap.

Dunlap said Big Boy was not healthy when he came to the shelter.

"It had internal parasites, it had external parasites, matted, filthy teeth that were worn down," said Dunlap.

Big Boy attacked a man who was riding his bike through Eastover Estates in Denham Springs two months ago. After the attack, people who live nearby claimed the dog was provoked. At least eight people wrote letters to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office describing what they witnessed.

"They also stated that on occasion, they had seen the victim provoke the dog with sticks, or chasing him, or kicking at him, things like that," said Alden Thomasson, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

The victim, Otto Davis, told News 2 he never provoked the dog.

Officials with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the law requires that the dog be released if the owner follows requirements listed in the agreement. That includes the owner paying the parish for taking care of the dog.

News 2 stopped by the dog owner's home for comment, but no one was there.

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