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Some question why pit bull that attacked twice was returned

4 years ago October 18, 2010 Oct 18, 2010 Monday, October 18 2010 Monday, October 18, 2010 5:58:21 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

A pit bull mix may be euthanized by East Baton Rouge Animal Control after it attacked the same woman's dog twice and killed it Thursday. It also injured its 91-year-old owner.

The victim, Naomi Montrue Smith, questions why the dog was returned in the first place.

Smith's schnauzer, Geaux Sport, was killed Thursday after the second attack that left her with gashes on her hand.

"Poor little animal being killed by a vicious dog!  It should have NEVER happened!" said Smith.

Hilton Cole with Animal Control said the dog was returned after the first attack because it is people-friendly and didn't directly attack Smith.  Cole also said Smith didn't want to press charges, so he couldn't declare the dog dangerous.

Several people in Smith's neighborhood started a petition to have the dog declared dangerous but never returned it to Animal Control, so the pit bull was returned.

The dog's owner, Michael Kopynec, told News 2 Saturday he is sorry about the attack.

Kopynec is charged with negligent injuring and unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog.  Baton Rouge Police said the second charge stemmed from the two attacks happening within a 36-month period: Oct. 3 and Oct. 14.

Animal Control plans to euthanize the dog.

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