Pit bull in fatal dog attack deemed vicious

By News Staff


The dog that attacked and killed another dog in Warwick last week has been deemed vicious.

Police say the 1-and-a-half-year-old pit bull, Booker, wasn’t on a leash when he killed a Papillion, Stewie, who was on a leash and being walked by his owner at the time.

The panel, made up of a representative of the Warwick Police Department, RISPCA, and a third member chosen by the Warwick Police Department and SPCA, voted 2-1 to let the owner keep the dog.

The owner of the pit bull is now required to comply to the following requirements:

  • $100,000 minimum insurance
  • Tattoo or microchip
  • Warning sign
  • Notification of the police department if the dog is loose
  • Leash and muzzle required if off owner’s property
  • Leash or enclosed area required if outside on owner’s property
  • If owner moves, both cities/towns be notified of move
  • Owner cannot give away or sell dog

The owner has 30 days to comply and was issued a Municipal Court violation for two counts of violation of Sec. 4-8, “Restraint of Dogs Required at All Times" for allowing his two dogs, Booker, and a husky to run at large. The violation carries a $30.00 fine.

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