Owner of vicious dogs accepts responsibility for charges, apologizes

BELFAST — Herbert Staples Jr. approved duty for two civil rates from him for maintaining a hazardous pet dog and having a nuisance doggy at big for the duration of a July 1 arraignment in Waldo County’s Unified Criminal Docket. The canines are no more time in his possession.

At the court docket continuing, Staples expressed regret about the problem and sympathy for his neighbor, whose cat was killed since a person of his dogs attacked it. Due to the fact his home burned in a March 30 fireplace, he was not capable to contain the puppies correctly all the time due to the fact the kennel burned, also, he stated.

He was in the course of action of acquiring houses for his three Akita canines when they bought loose on at least 3 independent events in May possibly, to which Belfast Law enforcement responded, he mentioned. Neighbors have been reporting that the canine were being on their qualities acting aggressive, Belfast Law enforcement Officer Andrew Chapman previously told  The Republican Journal.

For the duration of a May 20 incident, one of the canine lunged toward Chapman and the officer shot it via the head. The officer stated he referred to as out to Staples a number of time to restrain his canines, which have been performing violent towards him and a person of Staples’ neighbors, but obtained no response.

The dog’s harm was not deadly and it ran again to Staples’ camper, Staples mentioned. The previous doggy operator said he was in his camper toward the again of his property throughout the incident and never listened to the officer contact out to him.

Staples thinks the male canine, which was shot by the officer, was performing aggressively since he may have seen the officer and neighbors as a risk, he reported. Just one of the feminine pet dogs was in heat and it also may possibly have been the explanation for them acting vicious, noting that, in the 9 several years he had the dogs, he experienced by no means found them attack any individual. “When dogs get in a pack they do stupid things, I imagine,” he mentioned.

His neighbor’s cat had to be euthanized mainly because of accidents from currently being attacked by a person of the canine on Might 7 and he feels terrible about that, he mentioned. He has been expressing regret and sympathy to his neighbor about the incident but can’t just take it back again now. The puppies have been handed more than to a female who rescues pet dogs in Winslow, he claimed.

The judge acknowledged Staples’ plea but prolonged the circumstance due to the fact of other costs he is experiencing related to the circumstance. Choose Eric Walker scheduled an Aug. 12 court docket date to additional address these charges and some others stemming from the puppies. Staples was given fines amounting to $1,100 for the two prices.

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