[Hpn] Pit bull owner is fined $600
Wed, 24 Nov 2004 08:03:48 -0800 (PST)
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What a compassionate judge.
Pit bull owner is fined $600
November 24, 2004
ROSELLE -- The owner of a pit bull that bit a Roselle kindergartner last month was fined $600 this week.
Jason Devincent, 18, who says he is homeless, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court on Monday to owning a dog at large and not having a dog license.
The dog, Buster, got loose from a yard in the 700 block of Autumn Drive, where Devincent was staying for a few days, and bit Anthony Duffy Jr., 5, who lived on that block.
The boy suffered 4- and 6-inch wounds to the back of his head that required surgery. He was released from the hospital after a day.
DuPage Judge John Kinsella fined Devincent $600, said Laura Urbik-Kern, Roselle village prosecutor.
"Judge Kinsella asked him how he would feel if it were his child," Urbik-Kern said. "The defendant stated he took full responsibility for the incident."
The dog was euthanized several hours after the incident.
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