It appears that some people just aren't meant to be dog owners....
I mentioned this story on Monday night, and here's a quick followup. According to the Independence Examiner, the dog's owner, Christopher Ownbey (39) is facing misdeameanor charges for the attack and could face $1000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
Meanwhile, this doesn't appear as if it's the first time the dog has bitten someone. In September of 2005, a "French Mastiff" owned by a Jessica Ownbey attacked a 67 year old woman named Joyce Shelley. In a small, unicorporated area of Jackson County near Buckner, with the owner's last names being the same, that most likely the dog is the same dog...meaning the dog, and the owners, have a track record of violence.
There is little excuse for laws that allow people's dogs to attack more than once.
Meanwhile, KMBC has responded that their errant reporting of it being a pit bull was an honest mistake because it is what they were told it was. A) this explains why they showed up to cover the story in the first place and B) this is why media reports on breeds of dogs are not accurate -- if people can't tell a 125 lbs (or 200 lbs according to our more up to date hypebolic "news" casts) French Mastiff from a pit bull, we've got some real breed ID issues going on.
In another bit of "coincidence", it turns out that Steve and Kristi McBee, who were the victims in the attack, are also good friends with Alan Hill -- who was the victim in the major dog attack in Independence last year. Hill even makes a guest appearance in the video footage.
It's a weird story and again demonstrating why we need effective laws that target anydogs, regardless of breed, that has shown signs of being dangerous. We also need to target dog owners whose dogs are repeat offenders to prevent them from owning other dogs (or in this case, the same dog) that may become dangerous).
This is a bad situation...and an attack that sadly could have been completely prevented had a good, generic, dangerous dog law been in place and enforced.