Originally created 04/02/04

Man is sentenced for pit bull attack

A Richmond County Magistrate Court judge sentenced a man to jail Thursday for failing to control his pit bull, which attacked a utility worker several weeks ago, officials said.

Brian Deangelo Sr., of the 3300 block of Oak Ridge Drive, was sentenced to 60 days in jail by Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen, Augusta Animal Services Director Randy Teasley said.

Bruce McClure, a field supervisor for the agency, said that Mr. Deangelo was cited after a utility worker from Georgia Natural Gas reported that the dog jumped over a fence and attacked her, biting her in the hand, leg, arm and buttocks.

Mr. McClure said the dog has been taken into the custody of Animal Services. He said a Georgia Power worker also reported that the animal attacked him, but was able to defend himself and declined to prosecute.

Georgia's laws require strict control of animals classified as dangerous, Mr. McClure said, including provisions for the animal's owner to have several thousand dollars' worth of liability insurance.

"A lot of times, it's to the person's benefit just to surrender the animal," Mr. McClure said.

Also sentenced by Judge Allen was Lawrence D. Chaverst, for violating the city's animal cruelty ordinance, said Bruce McClure, a field supervisor for Animal Services.

Mr. McClure said Mr. Chaverst received an $800 fine and 12 months probation after he was cited for having a 33-pound chain around the neck of his 24-pound dog.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409

or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.


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