Detroit Dog Owner Gets Probation in Brutal Mauling of Man

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Detroit Dog Owner Gets Probation in Brutal Mauling of Man.

DETROIT — A Detroit dog owner whose pit bulls attacked a man so savagely that he lost two limbs and an ear was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, prompting a judge to criticize state law that kept him from ordering a prison term.

Derick Felton, 62, declined to speak at his sentencing, where Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan said he would’ve preferred to send the man to prison but was limited by state legislation. As many as 11 pit bull mix dogs more left bite wounds than could be counted, Constantine’s sister, Cathy Hawley said this morning. “He can’t turn a doorknob, he can’t feed himself, he can’t lift a cup of coffee,” she told the court this morning, adding that he’s had at least 35 surgeries. Speaking after the sentencing, she said he “was a natural athlete his whole life,” but now has trouble dialing a telephone, walking and opening a door.

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